14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant

Feb 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ET
14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant
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For centuries, pregnant women were scared into believing that exercise of any kind could cause lasting damage to their unborn children. Confined to their couches or beds, many women existed in a sedentary state for nine excruciatingly long months, all the while fearing that the very bodies used for carrying their children would ultimately fail them.Thankfully, time shatters all oppressive taboos eventually.

Flash-forward to 2018, and medical professionals now actively encourage their pregnant patients to work up a sweat to reduce back pain, keep their digestive systems regular, reduce stress and improve their overall health. While many women opt to hit the mat in prenatal yoga classes or take a dip in the pool, some overachievers have taken exercise to the next level by competing — and in a few instances, reigning victorious — in the Olympic Games. Of course, most doctors advise pregnant women to skip the contact sports (like, you know, ice hockey) for the time being, but at a certain point, it seems there's no stopping Olympians.

With the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics right around the corner, let's take a look back at the amazing feats past competitors have accomplished while pregnant. 

1 /14: Amelie Kober

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Amelie Kober
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1/14 :Amelie Kober

2 /14: Anita Spring

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Anita Spring
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2/14 :Anita Spring

3 /14: Anky van Grunsven

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Anky Van Grunsven
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3/14 :Anky van Grunsven

4 /14: Diana Sartor

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Diana Sartor
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4/14 :Diana Sartor

5 /14: Cornelia Pfohl

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Cornelia Pfohl
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5/14 :Cornelia Pfohl

6 /14: Kim Rhode

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Kim Rhode
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6/14 :Kim Rhode

7 /14: Martina Valcepina

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Martina Valcepina
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7/14 :Martina Valcepina

8 /14: Mara Navarria

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Mara Navarria
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8/14 :Mara Navarria

9 /14: Magda Julin

9/14 :Magda Julin

10 /14: Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi
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10/14 :Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi

11 /14: Kerri Walsh Jennings

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Kerri Walsh Jennings
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11/14 :Kerri Walsh Jennings

12 /14: Juno Stover-Irwin

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Juno Stover-Irwin
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12/14 :Juno Stover-Irwin

13 /14: Lisa Brown-Miller

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Lisa Brown-Miller
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13/14 :Lisa Brown-Miller

14 /14: Kristie Moore

14 Incredible Olympic Athletes Who Competed While Pregnant: Kristie Moore
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14/14 :Kristie Moore