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Name: Jennifer Kessy

Baby: Daughter Aïla, born August 14, 2014

Claim to Fame: Kessy, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist and star player on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, took her active pregnancy last year in stride. “I planned to have no plan,” says the Orange County, California, resident. “I took it day by day.” Now, however, the 37-year-old (married to French beach volleyball player Andy Cés) is back at it, prepping to tackle her sport’s two-year qualifying process for the 2016 Rio Games. She weighs in here on new motherhood, breastfeeding strategy and how prioritizing family is her new normal.

  • Fitting in Fitness

    My workout routine wasn’t much of a routine in the first trimester. I was very nauseous from six to 12 weeks, so working out wasn’t my top priority—not barfing was. We were also renovating our house during the first and second trimesters, so I was doing a lot of demo and helping with the construction. It was a lot of physical work and counted as my workout in my mind. I was the most active at the end of my second and beginning of my third trimester. My husband and I took a two-month vacation in France. We toured every day and walked miles and miles. He did beach runs while I did fast walks in the sand with squats and lunges mixed in. I biked, walked, stretched, hiked, swam, did yoga and then napped.

 

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