'I was unreasonably moody': Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings was five weeks' pregnant when she won third gold medal at London Olympics
16:29 GMT, 24 September 2012
Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings has revealed that she was five weeks pregnant when she took home her third gold medal at the London Olympic Games last month.
The mother-of-two, 34, who is married to fellow beach volleyball player Casey Jennings, announced this morning that she is expecting baby number three, and is due to give birth on April 9.
She is only 11 weeks pregnant, and has miscarried in early pregnancy before, but admitted she was so excited, she couldn't wait to share the news.
Supermom Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrating her third Olympic gold in London with sons Joey (left), and Sundance (right) – today she revealed she had been five weeks' pregnant with her third baby at the time
Mrs Walsh Jennings told Today.com: 'It's just so exciting. I just can't keep my mouth shut, it's so exciting. It feels so great to tell people.'
The new baby will join sons, Joey, three, and Sundance, two.
This pregnancy has not been as easy as the previous two, though.
'This little one is kicking my butt!' she admitted. 'The first two were pretty easy,
but with this one, I'm sick every day, I've got some awesome acne, I
just feel different.'
Giveaway signs: Mrs Walsh Jennings (right) admitted she had been 'unreasonably moody' during the competition, and teammate Misty May-Treanor (left) had suspected she was expecting again
Mrs Walsh Jennings, who displayed a super-toned midriff while competing in London, had started trying for a third child with her husband before the Olympics, but didn't expect to conceive quite so quickly.
She said that she had suspected she was
pregnant while in London, but did not confirm the news until she visited
her doctor on her return to the U.S.
'I gave everything I had. At the end of my tunnel was this next phase, expanding my family. I wanted to earn that third'
She admits she was so 'unreasonably moody' that her beach volleyball partner Misty May-Treanor said, 'You're probably pregnant.'
record-breaking Olympic win is evidence that the pregnancy did not
affect Mrs Walsh Jennings' game in London – the duo became the first women’s
beach volleyball team to win three consecutive gold medals.
Indeed, she says she felt no different as she competed with Mrs
May-Treanor, adding that her husband jokes that she gets a new baby for
every gold medal.
Record-breakers: The Olympic win is evidence that the pregnancy did not affect Mrs Walsh Jennings' game in London – the duo became the first women's beach volleyball team to win three consecutive gold medals
'I gave everything I had,' she told the site. 'At the end of my tunnel was this next phase, expanding my family. I wanted to earn that third.'
SPORT IN PREGNANCY: IS IT SAFE
Kerri Walsh Jennings' phenomenal Olympic achievement required extraordinary skill and stamina.
But even the most strenuous workout or sporting competition would not have posed risk to fetus at five weeks, medical experts insist.
Dr Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC, told Today.com: 'The embryo is microscopic. It's just
implanted in the lining of the uterus.
'It would take
an act of God to dislodge it, not a bump on the tummy, not a dive.'
She explained that the embryo would have been well-protected in the uterine wall by the muscles around the abdomen.
'Imagine taking the head of a pin and sticking it inside a softball and then a kickball and then throwing something against it,' Dr Snyderman said. 'That's about what Kerri’s pregnancy was like at the time.'
Mrs Walsh Jennings discovered she was expecting her first child, Joey, just after the Beijing games in 2008, and gave birth to Sundance in May 2010 – returning to the court just months later with an impressively-toned game-ready body.
In an interview with NBC during the Olympics, she said: 'I have to play in an itty bitty
Oakley bikini and it’s very inspiring.
'My job is to be fit and I’m really
blessed that I get to go and work out and live a really healthy
lifestyle. And I have to in order to accomplish my goals… And in order to do that,
I need to be really fit regardless of my babies.
'My body has certainly
changed. I love some of the changes. I hate others. But ultimately if
I’m fit and strong, then I’m a happy girl.'
She insists she will be back on fighting form after this baby too, so that she is ready for Rio in 2016, where she hopes to win a fourth Olympic gold.
'I'm planning on coming back stronger and smarter,' she said.