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Kerri Walsh Reveals She Was Pregnant on Way to Third Olympic Gold Medal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Kerri Walsh Jennings (front) of the United States celebrates winning the Gold medal as April Ross of the United States walks away in the Women's Beach Volleyball Gold medal match against the United States on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 24, 2012

Kerri Walsh is some kind of wonderful. 

As if winning her third Olympic gold medal wasn't enough, the volleyball star just revealed to a nation who loves her that she was pregnant while doing it. 

Walsh was on TODAY Monday morning with her husband, Casey Jennings, and let the world in on a wonderful secret. She is 11 weeks pregnant. 

Mathematicians and fans of calendars will tell you that, yes, she was pregnant while going through the grueling task of winning an Olympic gold medal. 

When I was throwing my body around fearlessly, and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant, and today I’m 11 weeks pregnant. 

While five weeks pregnant, Walsh embarked on a trying journey with long-time teammate Misty May-Treanor for their final medal together as a dynamic duo. 

The third time was just as charming for fans who saw them actually lose a set for the first time in Olympic competition before battling back to win the match. They brought us to the breaking point of nerves with their amazing match against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi in the semifinal. 

Amazingly, Walsh was pregnant throughout. 

The 34-year old stated the she and her husband began to try about a month before the start of the London Games and felt it may take some time to become pregnant. 

They were far more successful than they bargained for. Walsh said she was moody during the competition; far more than is likely from the stress of time differences and physical exertion. 

The happy couple is expecting their third child around April 9, joining sons Joey, 3, and Sundance, 2. 

Rest assured that no harm was ever likely for their future bundle of joy. NBC’s chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, had this to say about Walsh playing while pregnant, via TODAY

The risk that she put to herself and fetus was zero to none,” she said.

Five weeks into a pregnancy, fetuses are tiny, well protected and “very, very, very hearty,” Snyderman says.

“The embryo is microscopic. It’s just implanted in the lining of the uterus,” Snyderman says. “It would take an act of God to dislodge it, not a bump on the tummy, not a dive.

As for this particular pregnancy, Walsh is getting her fair share of motherly woes. 

This little one is kicking my butt! The first two were pretty easy, but with this one, I'm sick every day, I've got some awesome acne, I just feel different.

Still, she contends she gave it her absolute all when competing in London. 

Those of us who were fortunate enough to catch her playing will tell you that she absolutely did just that. 

There is hardly a more entertaining watch during the Olympics than Walsh and May-Treanor. Inexplicably, Walsh is still mesmerizing us well after the close of a memorable London Games. 

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