Tuesday 23 January 2018

'I was meant to buy baby buggy but got a blender,' says pregnant athlete Derval O'Rourke


Olympic athlete Derval O'Rourke
Olympic athlete Derval O'Rourke

She's expecting her first child in a matter of months, but athlete Derval O'Rourke has revealed she hasn't started buying for her baby as she's preparing to move house.

The former indoor world champion (33), who is married to Olympic sailor Peter O'Leary, is due to give birth in August but is preoccupied with other matters at the moment.

"We're moving in about three weeks," she told the Diary. "We're building a house but we're moving to another rental house until it's ready so I'm not very 'nesty' because it's not our real home."

The former Olympian, who is also a keen foodie and writes her own healthy-eating blog, admitted to getting side-tracked when she tried to shop for the baby.

"I have to start buying stuff for the baby but I get distracted," the Cork native said. "I went online to buy a buggy but ended up buying a Nutri Ninja blender instead."

Derval and her other half Peter have decided to keep the sex of their baby a surprise until it's born, but the mum-to-be confessed she's struggling to settle on a name.


"We're keeping it a surprise, but it's hard because we have to get names on both sides, so I'm collecting names at the moment," she said. "I keep asking people what their children's names are."

Despite being six months pregnant, the two-time European silver medallist has refused to put her feet up and continues to work out multiple times a week.

However, she has admitted certain exercises are getting more difficult as her growing bump is starting to get in the way.

"I'm starting to feel quite big now because I'm about 10 kilos heavier than usual," she said.

"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'," she added.

Along with running a couple of times a week, Derval's pregnancy gym regime includes circuit training, pilates and weight lifting.

"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.

"With the fitness level that I come from, if I did nothing it would just be a disaster health wise."

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