The best advice that she’s been given when it comes to playing tennis while pregnant is to ‘keep two feet on the ground when hitting strokes.’
Pippa Middleton is taking pregnancy fitness tips from Serena Williams.
The younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, confirmed she was expecting her first child with husband James Matthews in her fitness column for Waitrose Weekend, a publication linked to the U.K. supermarket chain, in early June.
And the tennis fan has now revealed she is taking inspiration from her idol, tennis champ Serena, who gave birth to her first child in September 2017.
“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as a player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout my pregnancy,” Pippa wrote. “Take Serena Williams. She famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.”
Pippa continued: “Few of us can relate to this elite excellence, but if you’re a healthy, well-trained player with an uncomplicated pregnancy there’s no reason why you can’t continue a good level of tennis.”
She revealed that the best piece of advice she’s been given when it comes to playing tennis while pregnant is to “keep two feet on the ground when hitting strokes and to avoid sharp turns and quick movements, particularly as I approach the due date.”
Pippa previously shared that she hasn’t suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness. Her older sister Catherine struggled with the condition during her pregnancies with Prince George, four, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, who was born in April.
“I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness. That meant I was able to carry on as normal and continue my sports,” the 34-year-old explained. “Who knows what the next few weeks have in store.”
The baby is believed to be due in October. Pippa and hedge fund manager James married in May 2017.
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