People think women can not do tough work during pregnancy. But these women proved everyone wrong. Not because they love the game more than their child but because of the courage of doing something exceptional. They participated in Olympics while they were pregnant and made their country proud.
Pregnant women can play professional sports while pregnant. There are many benefits to playing professional sports while pregnant, including improved fitness, increased strength and endurance, and decreased stress levels. Playing professional sports while pregnant can also help you bond with your baby and prepare for motherhood.
In 1960, the Soviet Union’s Yelena Gorchakova became the first woman to win an Olympic medal while pregnant. She took home a bronze in the javelin throw at the Summer Games in Rome.
At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, German speed skater Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann became the first pregnant woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She was just two months pregnant when she took home the gold in the 3,000-meter event.
In 1994, Finnish track and field athlete Paavo Nurmi won the gold medal in the 10,000-meter race at the European Championships while eight months pregnant with his first child.
In 2002, American skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace became the first pregnant woman to compete in the Winter Olympics. She finished fourth in Salt Lake City while seven months pregnant with her daughter Lacee.
In 2003, Polish volleyball player Malgorzata Glinka won the gold medal at the European Volleyball Championship while five months pregnant with her first child.
In 2004, American beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and her then-partner Kerri Walsh won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens while May-Treanor was three months pregnant with her first child.
In 2005, German heptathlete Jennifer Oeser won the silver medal at the World Championships while seven months pregnant with her first child.
In 2006, Stacy Dragila became the first pregnant woman to compete in the Winter Olympics, competing in the pole vault in Turin while seven months pregnant with her first child.
In 2007, British discus thrower Jo Pavey won the gold medal at the European Championships while five months pregnant with her second child.
In 2012, American shooter Kim Rhode became the first woman to win an individual medal in five consecutive Olympic games. She won a bronze in the skeet shooting event while five months pregnant with her second child.
Pregnant sportswomen are amazing. They have the ability to not only compete at a high level but also to give birth to healthy babies. Despite the many challenges that they face, pregnant sportswomen continue to amaze us with their strength, determination, and love for their sport. We can all learn from them and be inspired by their example. Thank you for reading!