If you need some motivation to get moving but you’re deterred for one reason or another (it’s cold, you’re on your period, you’d rather be somewhere sleeping with what little spare time you have), look no further than Sydney Leroux Dwyer. The 28-year-old is a professional soccer player who is with the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League. She’s also an Olympic gold medalist. To have such success, she has to work hard and train hard — even when she’s carrying around baby weight. And this time around, when I refer to baby weight, I’m talking about the weight of a child growing in her stomach. Sydney is nearly six months pregnant and still, shared a photo of herself going full force during a preseason game. Talk about bada–.
Your excuses are starting to look pretty trash, am I right?
Sydney is married to fellow soccer player, Dom Dwyer. They are already parent’s to a 2-year-old son named Cassius. The couple announced they were expecting their second child back in November, which we now know is a girl. The news came after she revealed that she had miscarried a few months prior.
“A couple months ago I lost a baby. I was naive to the pain of what this felt like,” she said. “There was a moment when I was on bed rest where I wondered if the emotional pain could kill me. It doesn’t. I’m still here. Stronger than ever because I had an unbelievable amount of support from the people in my life – the people who were there to pick me up off the ground..to sit there and cry with me…to feed me when I couldn’t eat. I am so thankful that I didn’t have to go through it alone and that Dom and I had our family, friends and team rally around us during our hardest times. So In the later half of the season when I was out ‘sick’ I was losing our baby.”
“I hate that I couldn’t talk about it,” she added. “I hate that I felt like I couldn’t because there was a sense of shame and embarrassment that came with losing a baby. Except the statistic of losing a baby is 1 in 4. Which means there are so many of us going about our day trying to bury our grief and pain. I want to tell my truth in hopes that other women like me don’t feel so alone. How can we heal if we don’t admit that we’re hurt? I’m hurt. But I’m stronger because of it and it took me some time to get here. And I know I have a long way to go but we can get there together.”
We’re happy for the couple — and also super shook that she is able to do all of this so far into her pregnancy. Go off then!