How Elite Athletes Come Back After Childbirth

On the morning of August 14, 2017, pro triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, heavily pregnant and two weeks past her due date, went for a bike ride. It was a mellow ride, but still, she was out there. The year before, she won Olympic gold in the triathlon at Rio, then took off the next 12 months from racing after she found out she was pregnant. But Jorgensen kept running and biking throughout her entire pregnancy—she stopped running just three weeks before her baby was born, due to a strain in her Achilles. After the August bike ride, she went to the hospital and, per her doctor’s orders, was induced into labor.

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