Kerri Walsh-Jennings Was Pregnant During 2012 Olympics

The last time we sat down with Kerri Walsh-Jennings, she and volleyball partner Misty May-Treanor had just taken home three gold medals from the Summer Olympics in London. Back then, Jennings spoke tenderly about her desire to have another child. Fast-forward to October, and Jennings is bursting with excitement because her wish for another baby is finally coming true. An edited version of our interview with her follows

by Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: Pampers/Susan Goldman

MORE: How are you about diaper duty? Do you remember how to put on a Pampers?
KWJ: Sundance is still in diapers. He is in bigger Pampers, so we are still living in that world. By the time the baby comes, he should be fully potty trained. I can’t wait to be back in the Swaddlers again. I love the smell of them, because it reminds me of a new baby. I am excited to get back into that world.

MORE: When you and I were in London, you told me you were already looking ahead to the 2016 games in Rio. Given the circumstances, will you still compete?
KWJ: In my head it is very possible, and I will win a gold medal. I feel like I need this break because I want to expand my family, but then, I want to get back to work. That is my time frame. I love my job so much, and I know I have so much more in me.

MORE: What was Misty’s response when you told her?
KWJ: Our rooms in London were adjoining. When we were chilling out, having some girl time, I told her I was late. She replied, “Oh, you are probably pregnant.” Once we confirmed it, she was just so very happy for us.

MORE: You must be on cloud nine.
KWJ: At first, I was really nervous and fearful. I once had a miscarriage, so it is scary until you get that ultrasound that confirms the news you have been longing to hear. I was holding my breath until I heard that heartbeat.    

MORE: After you realized you were pregnant, did you freak out because of everything you put your body through during the Olympics?
KWJ: No, that was never a concern for me. Otherwise I wouldn’t have tried to get pregnant before the Olympics. My body is used to that. If I were to stop and do nothing, I think that would be worse for my body, to tell you the truth. I do put my body through a lot, but I am both a warrior and an athlete. Now I have a little warrior inside me, and we will go on this journey together.

Click here to read Kerri Walsh-Jennings on Kids, Aging and Her Last Olympic Win with Partner Misty May-Treanor.

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