Pregnant & Smashing It!
Updated: Feb 6
It is a commonly thought notion that pregnant women sit on their bums devouring pints of ice cream throughout the day and night until their little bundle of joy is born. And, although there is nothing wrong with sitting down and eating ice cream when you’re building an entire human in your stomach, these thoughts are complete falsities!
In fact, there are tonnes of pregnant women who have made amazing achievements. Here are just a few inspirational pregnancies:
In 2017, 35-year-old Serena Williams sent the universe into shock mode when she single handily won the Australian open while being 8 weeks pregnant totalling 24 grand slams.
Of course, the internet had a lot to say about this, but Serena was happy and healthy and is a pregnant inspiration to us all. Dancer Kimberly Wyatt agreed, and while undergoing her active pregnancy weighed in to celebrate Serena - and to remind us ‘pregnant isn’t an illness, it's a baby’.
In the spring of 2016, something magnificent was happening for us comic book nerds (and humanity). It was finally time for DC to release a comic book superhero movie, with a powerful female lead – Wonder Woman. And Gal Gadot truly is a real-life hero.
She was an outstanding 5 months pregnant whilst filming this exciting action-adventure blockbuster, but don’t get me wrong, her pregnancy was no walk-in-the-park. She has spoken on having horrendous morning sickness and would spend time running to the bathroom to avoid spewing on set. Gadot admitted to never being too far from a jug of water and ginger pieces to settle her stomach.
In 2001, former Penn State American Swimmer Regan Schreiber swam the English Channel at 3 months pregnant. The entire swimathon totaled at an amazing 9 and a half hours!
Swimming for long periods of time takes an incredible amount of training, determination and skill. Schreiber surely did show us how talented and tenacious she is - and how inspirational pregnant woman can be.
Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi
During the 2012 London Olympics, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi had the immense pressure of being the first woman to represent Malaysia in the sport of shooting, which is an amazing accomplishment in of itself.
However, she took it one tiny human-sized step further, by competing while she was 8 months pregnant! Expelling every possible stereotype or misconception of women, Muslim women, and pregnant women.
A blast from the past – but still relevant today!
Since Anna Wintour’s lucrative career began in 1975, she has been a fashion icon globally. During this time, Wintour became pregnant twice, in 1985 and 1987 when working conditions were a little more challenging for women than they are now.
Despite this though, Wintour was well-established in the magazine world during both her pregnancies, editing British Vogue as well as Home & Garden. This didn’t stop her, and in typical Anna Wintour style, her baby bump was no detriment to her fashionable charm. She didn’t sacrifice her miniskirts nor her legendary designer pieces.
At the end of 2019 last year, US Soccer player, and two-time world cup winner Alex Morgan announced that she was expecting to give birth to her first child in 2020. This triggered every football fanatic to lose their minds, as this left question marks for her career, due to the fast-approaching 2020 Olympics.
Morgan quickly shut any speculation down though, announcing that she still plans to play (and win) in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, despite expecting to give birth only 3 months before! She also stated that she is determined to continue her successful career all throughout motherhood.
All of these women are incredibly inspirational, pre-pregnancy during pregnancy and post-pregnancy. They have worked exceedingly hard for these achievements as pregnant women proceed to every day. But sometimes, just going to a simple Yoga or Pilates session can be a magnificent achievement, and truly beneficial for both you and your little one.
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