In an interview with Franceinfo, French basketball player Valériane Ayayi Vukosavljević, bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, tells us why she chose to keep her pregnancy a secret during the Euro and the Olympics this summer 2021. On this occasion, we republish this article from July 30, 2021.
Lucile has a routine. Every week, she puts on her sports clothes, puts on her pair of sneakers and runs for 10 kilometers at the Pépinière park in Nancy. For this program, it takes about an hour. Usually, this semi-professional triathlete would definitely take less time. But Lucile’s condition has changed somewhat: she is seven months pregnant. “Because of social pressure, all my sports girlfriends stop their activity when they are expecting a child, comments the 32-year-old researcher and clinical psychologist. The slightest glitch would be attributed to sport, even without proof. “
Is practicing a sport intensely incompatible with pregnancy? What do health professionals say? What about official recommendations? What is this “Social pressure” what does Lucile describe? All these questions jostle in his head. Rather than giving up her thirst for performance, the young woman chose to accept disapproving looks and reproaches from her inner circle:
“When I was three months pregnant, when I was coming home from a run, a friend told me: ‘You are still running, you are really trying to lose your baby,
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