Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Athletes Not Letting Pregnancy Sideline Them: 'All about What Baby Is Used To'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Athletes Not Letting Pregnancy Sideline Them: 'All about What Baby Is Used To'

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Athletes not letting pregnancy sideline them

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MONCTON, N.B. - Athletes at the peak of their game aren't letting pregnancy put them on the sidelines.

On Wednesday, tennis star Serena Williams posted a picture of herself on Snapchat with the words "20 weeks" -- an apparent announcement that she's pregnant. It would mean that the 35-year-old was pregnant when she won the Australian Open in January.

And earlier this week, Julie McGivery of Moncton, N.B., completed her first Boston Marathon -- while eight months pregnant.

The 36-year-old physiotherapist spoke with Canadian Press reporter Kevin Bissett on Wednesday about the challenges and unique joys of her feat:

Q: What kind of reaction did you get when you showed up at the starting line with a baby bump?

A: There wasn't two minutes that went by that I didn't hear something from somebody in the crowd, and it was all positive and very encouraging. It was 'Oh my God, she's pregnant,' and 'You're my inspiration.' It was really great, especially at times when I thought I was in a lot of pain.

Q:When did you learn that you qualified for this year's Boston Marathon?

A: I knew that I qualified 10 months after my first daughter was born. I worked hard all summer and qualified at a race in Toronto. You don't get your official acceptance until registration happens and that was the following fall, so October of 2016.

Q: And I understand you learned something else that day.

A: Yes, same day. I got my letter in the morning in an email. I was pretty excited and went home and had a positive pregnancy test.

Q: So, come marathon day, how far along were you in the pregnancy?

A: 32-1/2 weeks.

Q: That's far along.

A: Yeah out of 40, and I was two weeks early with my first, so really coming down to the last weeks.

Q: That's got to be a real dilemma, deciding if you can even do the marathon when you're eight months pregnant. What was going through your mind?

A: Certainly when I found out that I was pregnant, my first thought was 'Well I guess I'm not running Boston. …

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