Marathon Runner Crosses Finish Line, Delivers Baby

Miller answers media questions with her husband, 19-month-old son, and newborn daughter.

The Chicago Marathon had a remarkable finish for runner Amber Miller.  Shortly after crossing the finish line this past Sunday, Miller says she felt a little “something,” which, 7 hours later, turned into her daughter, June Audra.

Miller was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant on marathon day, and she had been given clearance by her doctor to run two miles and then walk two miles throughout the race, the suburban Chicago newspaper  The Daily Herald reports.  She had run a marathon earlier in her pregnancy, but she had not planned to finish this one.

“I was having a conversation with my parents Saturday night and told them I had no plans of actually finishing. I have run marathons, while pregnant, but not at 38 weeks,” Miller said. “I was planning on maybe running half and skipping to the end and walking across the finish line.”

The Herald reports:

After crossing the finish line in 6 hours and 25 minutes, she felt a contraction.

“I did (feel contractions during the run) but I’ve been running the whole pregnancy and it’s very normal for me to have contractions when I run. So they weren’t anything out of the usual. I wasn’t concerned at all,” she said. “It was right after the race (around 3 p.m.) when they started coming regularly and I said ‘Oh, this is labor.’”

June was born about seven hours later at 10:29 p.m., weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds and 13 ounces.

“Baby is perfect and doing wonderful. I’m feeling as you would expect after giving birth,” Miller said. “I don’t feel anything from the marathon.”

Miller said she was “a little embarrassed” during the run but heard mostly positive comments from other runners and spectators. She could also feel the eyes of police and paramedics following her throughout the course.

(image via: http://www.dailyherald.com)

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