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    Welcome to the first study of pregnancy with a truly elite female athlete population—regardless of sport.

    About the Study

    This project sought to understand elite female distance runners and physical activity in pregnancy. The main research goals are to:

    1. Gain a better understanding of levels of physical activity before/during/after pregnancy among elite female distance runners  
    2. Determine how elite female distance runners relate to gestational physical activity and weight gain guidelines  
    3. Gain a clearer understanding of where elite female distance runners receive their advice on physical activity and weight gain during pregnancy and how they perceived these recommendations/advice 

    We focused the study on the questions that elite runners want answered. We believe the data being collected will be extremely helpful to current and future moms in our sport. This study is a chance for elite-mothers athletes everywhere to become a collective group banding together to share their experiences as elite athletes and motherhood.

    We are super excited to say we have completed our research phase and are now in the analysis phase—with multiple papers are in the process of being published. 



    Keeping pace: Mother versus athlete identity among elite long distance runners


      Running from responsibility: athletic governing bodies, corporate sponsors, and the failure to support pregnant and postpartum elite female distance runners


        Elite Female Distance Runners and Advice During Pregnancy: Sources, Content, and Trust


          Please direct questions to lead researcher:  

          Francine Darroch, MEd, MPH, PhD 


          Keep up to date!

          Findings from this study and sharing informations on this subject and connecting with a community of mother-athletes can be found on our private Facebook page: