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High School Coach Returns to the Court 15 Hours After Childbirth

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Most pregnant women are relieved to shed the basketball they've been carrying around for nine months, but one mom couldn't wait to get it back in her arms

Many pregnant women feel like they’re carrying around a basketball for 9 months, but one woman in particular must have really liked it.

A high school basketball coach from Austin, Texas, gave birth to a daughter last week, and 15 hours later, was back on the court with her team.

Amber Branson coached Lipan High School to a regional semifinal victory in the Texas high school basketball playoffs, gave birth, and then less than a day later returned to the bench to guide the Lady Indians to their first victory since 2003 in the Texas state tournament.

According to the Associated Press, Coach/Mommy Branson was tired and sore, yet “determined to coach her team in such a big game.”

I don’t know about too many other moms, but 15 hours after I gave birth I was zoned out on narcotics, bleeding heavily and trying to avoid coughing so as to not disturb the staples from my c-section. While I get that pioneer women and the like are up and running (sometimes literally I have a friend who ran a track meet while she was in labor) before and after birth, the case of Coach Branson still strikes me as . . . something. I’m not sure what, but it’s something alright.

How soon were you up and running (or moving) after giving birth?

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