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01st Jul 2021

Remarkable athlete competes in Olympic trials while 18 weeks pregnant

Kieran Galpin

A pregnant athlete takes it up a gear!

Pregnant women can arguably get away with not doing a lot. They have a hard time before them, so they more than deserve to kick back and binge the Real Housewives with as much ice cream as they want. After all, they are eating for two! But one mum-to-be is doing everything but relaxing, in fact, she is hoping to attend the Olympics.

Lindsay Flach is hoping to represent Team USA in the heptathlon, a gruelling ordeal actually comprised of eight sports. I am exhausted just thinking about it!

The heptathlon is comprised of an 800-metre run, 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metre sprint, javelin throw and long jump…

This was the third time Flach was competing for her spot in the Olympic team after previously shooting for the 2012 and 2016 Games. But now she is eighteen weeks pregnant, and still running circles around most of us.

“Every story has an end but in life every end is a new beginning,” she posted on Instagram. Flach is visibly sporting her baby bump, and it has inspired women all around the world.

“I am LOSING MY MIND!!!” wrote Olympian Chari Hawkins.

“I am 3.5 months postpartum with my first, and this gave me so much hope for my future return to running. Congrats to you and thank you for your strength” wrote another happy fan.

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The comments beneath the mommy-to-be’s posts are all lovely, heart-warming endorsements of her skills. “You absolute legend! Well done! thank you for showing the world that pregnant women are strong and capable,” wrote Alice.

The incredible athlete spoke to Yahoo Sport about her journey:

“My big concern was making sure that I was healthy and the baby was healthy.

“My pregnancy was very rough to start. I had about 12 weeks of bad vomiting, which affected my training. If the Olympic trials were three weeks ago, I don’t know that I would have been there, but I started to feel better and I was able to get some really good practices in.”