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Pregnant Athlete Given Greenlight to Compete in London Olympics

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The Summer Olympics this year will be held in London

When you picture the athletes who compete at the Olympic level, a woman in her third trimester is probably not what pops into your head.

But one serious competitor who will be at the end of her pregnancy has just been given the greenlight to head to London summer.

Is she a swimmer? A gymnast? A runner? Click below to see in what sport a heavily pregnant woman will be competing this summer!

Shooting!

Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi from Malaysia will be brandishing a weapon as well as an 8-month-pregnant belly at this summer’s Olympic games, according to Yahoo Sports. Her doctors have said it’s tentatively OK, as have Olympic officials from her country.

“My aim is to compete,” she said. “Maybe, at the end of June or whatsoever, if I have some problem that would jeopardize the baby inside me, I will reconsider whether I am going or not. But I feel I am strong and my husband says ‘as long as you feel like that, energized to do that, it seems like that is your baby talking to you so you go.'”

“I will talk to the baby before I compete… ‘no kicking, stay calm for one hour and 15 minutes only please,'” she said.

She won’t be able to stay in London for the Closing Ceremony since that would put her after 35 weeks gestation, at which time her doctors would prefer she didn’t fly.

And the 50m competition? She’ll have to sit that one out since it requires lying on her belly, and her belly is otherwise occupied.

Do you find the Olympic shooting competition just a little more interesting now that you know a heavily pregnant woman will be competing?

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