Alysia Montaño, long distance runner specialized in the 800 m.
In 2014 she participated in the USATF despite being 8 months pregnant. And that wasn't the last time! The multiple US champion, bronze at the world championships and fourth place at the London 2012 Olympics, did it all again in 2017.
By Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA - 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16218601
But let’s start from the very beginning.
When Alysia decided to take advantage of her excellent placement to compete, although pregnant, at the USATF she was hit by a media hype due to the doubts about the baby's health.
Alysia, however, was prepared, she was fully confident about it because she was supported by the knowledge of a medical equipe who expressed positively regarding physical activity that did not involve stress. Alysia, in fact, decided to participate well aware of the fact that she was doing it for fun and not for a placement on the podium. We would say that in addition to having fun, she has given the world a good lesson in her own way, showing what women are capable of, pregnant or not.
By Citizen59 - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21268330
This is not about feminism, but about showing that motherhood is not an impediment, especially if you continue to have fun, doing what you love. It should be recalled that Alysia is a professional athlete, running is her passion but it is also her job, which further supports her choice to compete with an ongoing pregnancy.
Be Your Journey - Alysia Montaño, Frame
Among the professionals who showed off their belly in the competition and proved once again that pregnancy is not a disease but an experience to be lived all-round, we remember the golfer Liz Youngche who participated in the 2016 British Open seven months pregnant, Dana Vollmer the swimmer who competed in the sixth month of pregnancy and again Emily Jackson who with her kayak in the ninth month of pregnancy conquered the stage that allowed her to later become world champion. Not to mention all the athlete mothers who competed in the first weeks of pregnancy and those who chose to compete shortly after giving birth.
By Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA - 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13281021
Alysia in 2017 at 31 with a 3-year-old son repeats the experience. This time 5 months pregnant and runs showing a top with Wonder Woman to emphasize the concept of female strength and power and reaffirming that sometimes it is not about winning but starting a journey and seeing how far you go and dear Alysia you have reached all our hearts!