It was exciting to watch Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor compete in the London Olympics. These strong and muscular athletes are great role models for young girls. (Check them out here: Meet Your U.S. Olympians: Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh.)
To burnish her already golden role model reputation, according to NBC’s Today Show, Walsh Jennings was pregnant during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Winning Olympic gold while pregnant is proof the determined athlete wouldn’t let anything slow her down or hold her back. Walsh Jennings hammered the point home when she stated, “when I was throwing my body around fearlessly and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant.” (The star breaks down her final 2012 Olympic point: Behind the Highlights: Kerri Walsh Jennings’ Gold Medal Spike.)
Walsh Jennings and her husband—fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings—planned on conceiving their third child; however, as Kerri told Today host Matt Lauer, they didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. In response to Walsh Jennings’ unusual mood swings in London, Misty May-Treanor was the first to suspect her volleyball partner might be pregnant. And sure enough, Misty May was right!
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor, said that competing in the Olympics in such an early stage of pregnancy was neither risky for the mother nor for the fetus. Dr. Snyderman explained that fetuses are extremely small and well protected at such an early stage of development.
Congratulations to Walsh Jennings for matching her three golds medals—with three kids!