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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Olympic athlete Derval O'Rourke keeps fit despite her growing bump

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Picture shows first time mum-to-be and former Irish sprint hurdles champion Derval O'Rourke who was today named as an ambassador for the First 1000 Days movement
Picture shows first time mum-to-be and former Irish sprint hurdles champion Derval O'Rourke who was today named as an ambassador for the First 1000 Days movement

She's been working out multiple times a week since discovering she was pregnant, but former Olympic athlete Derval O'Rourke has admitted her growing baby bump is starting to get in the way of her exercise routine.

The former world indoor champion (33), who is six months pregnant with her first child, is keeping fit by lifting weights, doing pilates and circuit training, and also running a couple of times a week.

Despite the fact her August due date is drawing closer, Derval has no intention of putting her feet up and hopes to maintain her active lifestyle right up until the birth.

"I'm starting to feel quite big now because I'm about 10 kilos heavier than usual," she told the Herald. "I'm still out running and do feel a bit like I'm chugging along.

"I just try to move all the time. Every week I go 'Okay, what am I going to do this week to keep moving'."

The retired athlete, who announced she was expecting her first child with Olympic sailor Peter O'Leary last month, said that she plans to keep lifting weights for as long as possible in order to stay strong.

"Doing weights was really important to me because I've lifted for about 12 years and it's important to just keep that strength and fitness there," she said.

"If I don't feel good doing something I just stop doing it, but so far I've been feeling great.

"I think for me, with the fitness level that I come from, if I did nothing it would just be a disaster health wise so I'm just trying to do a bit."

Unlike most mums-to-be, Derval's pregnancy cravings are even healthy, saying, "My husband jokes that the worst thing he could do now is not have a pint of milk in the house."

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