Waddle Run educates mothers about full-term pregnancies

Waddle Run educates mothers about full-term pregnancies

LAWTON, Okla._Hundreds of people came out to the Second Annual Waddle Run at Elmer Thomas Park to raise awareness about premature birth. The goal is to educate expecting mothers in Comanche County the importance of waiting until 40 weeks of pregnancy to deliver. Keeping with the "Glowing for 40 Weeks" theme, some participants came in their glow-in-the-dark gear, and organizers handed out glow gear for the run.

Expecting mother Linsey Dippery says she is waiting 40 weeks so she can give her child a healthy start.

"Well it's so important because your baby continues to grow and develop all the way until the very end," said Dippery. "So I want him to be as healthy as possible and that's why it's important to me."

Health Educator Sarah Lambaria says that without those last few weeks of pregnancy the baby could be missing out on vital developments.

"Well the last few weeks of pregnancy are when the baby's heart, liver and brain are developing so by waiting the full 40 weeks you are giving your child the best start," said Lambaria.

Tonight's Waddle Walk was held to bring awareness to the benefits of full term births. Any donations received will go to the March of Dimes.