Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, revealed to the Today Show that she is 11 weeks pregnant. So that means she was 5 weeks pregnant when she went for her third gold at the London Games in beach volleyball! Some are saying this shouldn’t be surprising because for every gold medal she’s won, she’s also had a baby.
“When I was throwing my body around fearlessly, and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant, and today I’m 11 weeks pregnant,” Walsh Jennings told Matt Lauer.
Walsh, who is married to pro beach volleyball player Casey Jennings is due April 9th and also has two other sons Joey, 3, and Sundance, 2………Sundance???—OK?!
Walsh also goes on to say “I want it,” ——- (she was talking about a fourth gold guys). “I feel like I have so much more to learn, so much more to accomplish. I’m planning on coming back stronger and smarter.”
Does that mean she’s leaving the door open for another child as well?
It was longtime teammate Misty May-Treanor (whom has since announced retirement) that initially diagnosed Walsh with pregnancy, when she began to feel “touchy and moody” with no logical explanation. While Kerri Walsh said she couldn’t even explain these symptoms as being part of the stress of the competition, teammate Misty said “You’re probably pregnant.”
I guess you really have to be in tune with your body; especially to be able to tell the difference in stress. I honestly might have chalked it all up to stress from the competition myself!
“What are the chances of a fourth child for the couple? Kerri Walsh Jennings has already said that she’s going to try for more gold at the Rio de Janiero Games in 2016, so it’s possible.” says one source.
Beach volleyball is an extremely physical sport requiring athletes to jump, run, and literally throw themselves all over. This year was especially trying because they were up against tougher competition facing Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross, which brings me to my next question. Couldn’t this have been dangerous? I can only imagine that literally throwing yourself jumping and just overall overly exerting oneself can lead to complications, right?
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, says competing at the games did not increase Jennings’ risk of pregnancy complications. “The risk that she put to herself and fetus was zero to none,” she said.
Well there you have it folks!
Hmm, so it does look like we can have our baby’s and win a gold medal too. Mark that as another point down for the ladies!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,