Jessica Ennis-Hill has told her official Facebook page that she’s excited and anxious to be expecting her first child.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist revealed her happy news this morning, telling the happy news to over one million of her fans on the social media website.
“Hi guys, I wanted you to be amongst the first to hear my exciting news – Andy and I are expecting a baby this summer,” she wrote.
“It is very early days, and we are both incredibly excited and a little anxious too! I have been lucky in that I feel very good and have no crazy cravings yet!!”
Ennis-Hill married long-time partner Andy Hill back in May, with the pair enjoying a low-key ceremony in Derbyshire. Eight months later, and the pair are celebrating once again with news of the 27-year-old’s pregnancy.
Becoming a mother won’t keep the heptathlon superstar off the track for long though, with her team of coaches already putting plans in place for an adapted programme pre and post baby.
“I am going to maintain a steady training programme and return to full time athletics post baby Ennis-Hill arriving and the thought of going for another World and Olympic medal really excites me – it offers me a new and tough challenge – one I will savour,” she continued.
“My team are setting me and adapted programme for the next few months and then for post baby and I know they will do an amazing job as always. 2014 will be a very different journey to the one I had planned but one that I am sure will be fun - I will keep you all posted on my progress!”
The announcement does mean that Ennis-Hill will not be able to compete at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – a competition in which she won bronze back in 2006 in Melbourne.
She admits it will be hard knowing she can’t take part in the event in Scotland later this year, but she’s looking forward to lending her support to fellow athletes in the build-up and during the Games.
“The one thing that has been hard is knowing I won’t be able to compete in Glasgow as I was really looking forward to it – but I will be watching and giving the event all my support in the next few months and from the sidelines (or from the sofa with my feet up) in July,” she concluded.
“Thanks as always for all your support and lovely messages.”
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