Women’s athletics have come a long way since girls were encouraged to skip gym class during their periods. For Amber Miller, that long way was exactly 26.2 miles at the Chicago marathon earlier this month, which she completed while nearly full-term pregnant. So near term, in fact, that contractions began during the race and she gave birth just hours after crossing the finish line.
Headlines quickly asked, “Should pregnant women run marathons?’’ Much discussion followed on medical ethics and the limits of exercise during pregnancy. And Miller, who has run two previous marathons while pregnant and participated in this one with her doctor’s guidance and blessing, unwittingly ran herself into a kind of age-old controversy on how women should behave.