Only 50 years ago . . .
There has always been media buzz when it comes to pregnancy and women's athletes. Within the last week, Serena William's (LEFT) won the Australian Open 8 weeks pregnant. She has received both praise and criticism for this feat. (TOP, RIGHT) Goucher responds to her critics with a throwback picture to several years ago when she placed 5th at the Boston Marathon 6.5 months after giving birth to her new son. (BOTTOM, RIGHT) In 2014 Alysia Montana runs the U.S. track and field championships. Montana is a five-time national champion and ran 2:32 that day. In a post race interview she said:
“This is my first pregnancy and I’ve had a lot of questions… about how to go about it, and my midwives and doctors were so encouraging that I was like ‘this is something you can do!’ They told me ‘you are a professional runner, your threshold and lactic levels are going to be different from anyone else’s,’ and that took away any fear of what the outside world might think about a woman running during her pregnancy, or exercise in general.
We see so many people in different avenues in their life start their family and it looks so different than it does for a professional athlete, especially a professional athlete woman. We’ve seen Bernard Lagat have two kids and we don’t see the other side of it. This is what it looks like to be a professional athlete as a woman and still continue on with your career.”
Modern trends in talking about athletes and parenthood
In looking at Runner's World Magazines from the last two years, I've found a really interesting modern trend:
Meanwhile, in articles about men in long distance running their is little mention of their position as "dad." In the May 2017 volume of Runners World, there is a feature done on local phenomenon and BYU graduate, Jared Ward.
The same thing happens with famous marathoner Galen Rupp in the 2016 September volume. A long article about his marathoning career with a small photo and brief caption of him holding his daughter and kissing his wife.
How training impacts fertility
For the Men:
For the Ladies: