Pregnancy hasn't kept Pippa Middleton off the tennis court. In a new fitness article for Waitrose Weekend, the athletic mom-to-be opens up about how she continues to play the sport while expecting. She also reveals that she's in her second trimester of pregnancy.
"I've been a tennis fan since childhood, as player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout pregnancy," Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, writes in the piece.
Pippa details the positive effects of playing tennis, a "moderate-intensity sport," while pregnant, which includes "improved placental growth, good weight management, as well as reducing back pain, strengthening heart and blood vessels, overall body strength, and reducing the risk of gestational diabetes."
She even gave a nod to new mom Serena Williams (a fellow guest to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding last month), who "famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months."
Middleton said that over her "past two trimesters," she's
"As I continue to play over the next few months, I've been advised to keep two feet on the ground when hitting strokes (to endure good pelvic valance) and to avoid sharp turns and quick movements, particularly as I approach the due date," she wrote. Middleton also advised to not overhead and stay well-hydrated.
Middleton also joked that playing while pregnant can come to your advantage: "The opposition can get distracted if they know they're matched against someone pregnant (showing good manners), so in the spirit of competition—now is the time to make the most of them holding back!"
Watching the French Open with husband James Matthews
Pippa previously confirmed her pregnancy earlier this month in a previous fitness article for Waitrose Weekend. In the piece, she noted that she hasn't suffered morning sickness, unlike her older sister Kate Middleton, who experienced severe morning sickness while pregnant with Prince Louis. (She gave birth on April 23.)
After attending the French Open in May, it's possible Pippa will also make an appearance at Wimbledon, which kicks off next week.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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