Candace Parker Vogue Feature: Mom In Training

Vogue online has a new Feature, “Moms in training”. The series interviews female athletes who are at the top of their sports yet also managed to squeeze in pregnancy & motherhood.

One of the featured Mommys is LA Sparks Star Candace Parker. Check out a few excerpts below:

“What were the biggest challenges training both during and after your pregnancy?
I felt really good during my pregnancy. I trained pretty frequently, probably five days a week. I would do elliptical for 20 to 30 minutes, then shoot and stretch. I trained up to three days before I had Lailaa and the only reason for that was because I had her on the weekend and I was taking weekends off. Back on the court, my timing was off from not playing for so long—my reactions, jumping, coordination—it takes a while to get that back.

How soon after having Lailaa did you return to training?
I started to work out again two weeks after I had Lailaa, and I played in a game six weeks after I had her. She was an easy pregnancy and she was easy to have, but a challenge with her was nursing. I want to nurse her for a full year [Lailaa is now ten months old], and in the beginning I was getting up every two to three hours during the night. When I went to practice she would either come with me or I would leave every few hours. It’s a hassle, but it’s worth it. ”

I Love Candace!
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