Olympic medalist Jennie Finch talks babies, running and being a successful woman

Sep 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Jennie Finch is an Olympic softball star who led two Olympic teams to medals.

She's also a runner, businesswoman and expecting mom (she has two little ones at home too!). How does she manage it all?

Jennie Finch has won Olympic gold and silver medals. She's a star athlete who made her mark on the softball field — and even once broke scientific equipment with the speed of her softball throw. But she's more than that — she's also a wife and mother. And now, she's expecting her third child — a girl.

Finch has two sons with husband Casey Daigle. This will be their first daughter. "I think it’s a little crazier [this pregnancy]. My oldest is 6. My second child is almost 15 months. It’s been a whirlwind and it’s flown by really fast and you don’t have as much time to think about it," says Finch.

Finch puts on softball camps and clinics around the country — and even has five coming up this fall. She also has a thriving online store and wrote a book that was recently released.

Being Mom

She says that the best advice she's been given as a mom is that there's no right way to do it. "I think before having kids you have this notion of what it’s going to be like. I think you have to be adaptable to your child," says Finch. "You find your own way."

Finch lives on a Louisiana farm — a very different place than where she grew up in California and went to college in Arizona. "It was a big change. It’s a whole different lifestyle but my husband was born and raised here so it’s nice to finally be around family," says Finch.

Being an athlete

Ever the athlete, Finch ran a half-marathon while five months pregnant with her second son and a marathon a mere four months after giving birth. Regarding the half-marathon, Finch says that she has no plans of doing something similar with this pregnancy, but she is staying fit. "I don’t know what I was thinking when I did that. I sat on the couch for a week after [because] I was so sore," says Finch. "I try to get 30 minutes in a couple times a week. And then I get whatever else I can in... trying to get my heart pumping." Finch stays fit by doing Pilates, playing soccer with her son and more.

Getting in shape after baby

In terms of getting in shape, the naturally athletic Finch says that having big goals has helped her rebound and lose weight after her first two pregnancies. After her first son was born, Finch wanted to get back on the softball field in time for an important try-out a month later. "I was young, which was great and that helps," says Finch. And after her second pregnancy, she was busy training for the marathon.

While she doesn't yet have a big goal in mind for after this pregnancy, Finch will be returning to work soon after as a sports commentator for college softball.

For other mothers, Finch says that having a fit pregnancy and working exercise in wherever you can post-baby can help. "I think to each their own. Everyone recovers and heals differently; I truly believe that staying in shape throughout your pregnancy helps on the backend," says Finch. She suggests sneaking in exercise wherever you can — walking with your little one in the stroller, attending group classes when you can or whatever fits in (exercise videos work too!).

Mom advice

Enjoy the simple things in life. It’s a balancing act and I think try to be the best you can be and enjoy those moments that you have.

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