Amber Miller holds her baby, June, next to her husband Joe in Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago October 10, 2011. The 27-year-old from suburban Chicago was nearly 39 weeks pregnant at the start of the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon, and went into labor shortly after finishing, a spokeswoman from Central DuPage Hospital said on Monday. REUTERS/Amy Jo Steinbruecker/Central DuPage Hospital/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS HEALTH) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

CHICAGO: Amber Miller could be forgiven for taking a long rest after completing the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, but rather than resting her aching limbs, the 27-year-old spent the evening giving birth to her second child.

Miller was 39 weeks pregnant when she started the 42.195km race and went into labour soon after finishing, a spokeswoman at Central DuPage Hospital said yesterday.

And she beat her husband, Joe.

Miller was the 34 339th finisher, while Joe came in at 34 997.

The Chicago native had completed marathons during her previous pregnancy, but told reporters at the hospital that she had not expected to finish this year’s race.

“I was kind of planning on running about half and maybe skipping to the end and walking across the finish line,” Miller said.

“Lots of people were cheering me on: ‘Go pregnant lady’,” she said.


“For me, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I was running up until that point anyway,” she said.

“I am crazy about running.”

Miller ended up alternating between running and walking throughout the race.

After the race, the couple settled down to eat a sandwich before Miller started to feel contractions in the middle of the afternoon.

The couple headed straight to the hospital where Miller gave birth to her child, June.

The baby and her mother were both healthy.

Doctors were kept informed of Miller’s exercise plans during her pregnancy and had no objections to her running the marathon. – Sapa-AP & Reuters