Eight-Months Pregnant Serena Plans To “Exercise As Long As Possible” To Return To Tennis In January

August 23, 2017  |  

As we told you recently, Serena Williams has had quite the healthy pregnancy. Now in her eighth month, her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, revealed that the tennis ace’s pregnancy cravings have included a lot of veggies. And according to Williams, she plans to continue being active (as safely as possible) up until her due date because she is hoping to return to the tennis court for a tournament in January, possibly three months after giving birth.

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“I am looking forward to becoming a mother and coming back to the courts already,” Williams shared with The Telegraph. “I’m always thinking about what’s next: the next victory, the next trophy.”

With the Australian Open on her mind, Williams has been knocking around tennis balls, slamming medicine balls and pushing weights at the gym to prepare. Despite being in her final weeks of pregnancy, she doesn’t plan on slowing down.

“I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant,” she told the UK publication. “I want to [sic] baby to be healthy and for that you need a healthy life. Also, when I come back to tennis it’ll be better if I’ve kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy rather than having to lose a lot of weight afterwards in order to get fit again. Eating healthily is a must, but being healthy is a lifestyle.”

Even though she’s on a health kick, that doesn’t mean Williams hasn’t encountered the usual pregnancy pangs. That includes struggling to turn over in bed at night with a growing bump and losing her coveted ankles:

Still, the 35-year-old mom to be is pushing through in the hopes of bouncing back quickly after delivery and dominating once again on the court. As she told Vogue for their September issue recently, “I’m definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But there’s no better feeling in the world.”

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