Volleyball Champ Kerri Walsh Jennings Talks Baby No. 3
4.Are you approaching pregnancy any differently the third time around? Are you feeling any different?
I have felt really different. Right after I came home from London, the second it was confirmed I was pregnant I started feeling sick. I had that mild hangover feeling all day long, which I never had with the boys, and it wasn't fun. I'm 16 weeks right now and I feel so much better. My face is definitely different, too. I have acne this time around, which isn't that great for a 34-year-old. My son will say, "Ouchies, Mommy?" Motivation to work out has been hard for me this time around, but now that I've turned the corner on feeling sick it's a little better.
5. You've had two great natural childbirths. Are you planning to go natural again?
My pregnancies and deliveries have all been really wonderful and easy. The second one was almost too fast -- I didn't make it to my hospital and had to go to a closer one. Having a natural childbirth just feels right to me; it doesn't feel like I'm forcing anything. My mom had eight kids -- five of her own and she carried three for her sister -- and she loved being pregnant and everything about it. She'd tell me that labor kind of hurts but you're going to love it. I always thought she was delusional, but she was right.
6. Does the excitement of the Olympics ever "get old"?
No! Absolutely not. After London, it was just such a high and so perfect in every single way, or as close to perfect as you can get. I was thinking, "I don't know if I should do this again." Why would you go for more, when it almost feels greedy having been there so many times and having had such success? But ultimately I still feel it in me, it's just that the fire and the energy is something so special and so pure. I feel like I have so much more room to grow in the sport in every way, in every skill, physically and mentally. And I'll be doing this with a new partner, which will challenge me to grow even more.
7.Misty says she's definitely retiring this time around. How hard will that be to play with someone else?
I was going to play regardless for London, and Misty had said she was retiring then, but she changed her mind. For Rio, she's done. I'd bet my house on it. I haven't chosen a new partner yet. Nothing's set in stone, and this baby's buying me a little time. I think the bittersweetness will happen when I come back and start training with someone new, and when we make it to Rio.