History is being made at the Summer Olympic games in Tokyo. More female athletes who have given birth are competing than ever before. Sally Kipyego is one of them. She’s a marathon runner who placed second in the US Olympic trials after having her daughter Emma. Sally made a commitment to motherhood not knowing how it would impact her running career. She said, “I quickly realized that being a mom enhanced the qualities I already possessed. Being a mother has made me a better athlete and a better person.” Traditionally, athletes competing on such a high level, face immense pressure to abort their babies out of a misplaced notion that motherhood and the Olympics are not compatible. Well, Sally and a growing number of female athletes are proving the naysayers wrong. We can celebrate motherhood in the Olympics.
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