Kerri Walsh Jennings Nude 'ESPN' Covers Show How Beautiful a Post-Pregnancy Body Really Is

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Funny thing about being pregnant: An ordinarily intimidating prospect like posing nude for a magazine -- the cover of a magazine, no less! -- is sometimes somehow less scary than usual when sporting a big round preggers belly. That's what Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings discovered, anyway. The 34-year-old volleyball whiz and mother of three appears on the fold-out cover of ESPN magazine's annual "Body Issue" this month in a split image, the first taken when she was pregnant and the second taken nine weeks after her daughter Scout Margery was born. 

It's the latter shot that had Walsh "sweating bullets," she says: "For the first shoot, I was very pregnant, and that wasn't as scary. I thought it would be, because I was big and rotund when I'm usually the opposite, but it was really comfortable because I felt almost like I was in costume."

"But for the second, I was two and a half months out from having a baby. I'm supposed to be tight and toned and strong, but I have a lot more work to do."

Um, really, Kerri?! You know, I've had a couple of babies and, well, Walsh Jennings looks pretty damn good for the mother of a newborn!! Still, I understand how she feels. As difficult and uncomfortable as pregnancy can be, it's also this magical time when we have completely different expectations about how our bodies should look -- not to mention a completely different appreciation for what our bodies can do. Which is why I also understand what Walsh Jennings meant when she said: 

"Having babies -- literally delivering a baby -- makes me feel like Wonder Woman. Everything else seems minor compared to the soul-shaking thing that is labor ... I respect my body more than I have in my life. It's not perfect, but I can't tell you how proud I am of my body."

Right on, sister! She should be proud of her body, and the same goes for every other Wonder Woman out there -- and by "Wonder Woman," I mean "mom."

Do -- or did -- you feel less self-conscious about your body while pregnant?

Image via ESPN Magazine

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nonmember avatar Sophie

No. That is not an average female body.

femal... femaleMIKE

The horror.

Why is this cover not a big deal but a cover showing a bf mother is.  Are these covers hidden in stores?

nonmember avatar erin

She doesn't look that big she has a very small belly matter fact for bein 9 mo preg and the after pic is 3 months later so to say oh this is the post pregnancy pic is bull post preg is like a month later at the latest. And they airbrush n hide any flaws anyways.....lets put something REALISTIC up

Randi Evans

I was too sick when I was pregnant to care about how I looked and even when I was 9 months I looked to be about 6.However, almost a year after my baby was born I still look about 6-7 months pregnant, that has been hard to deal with. Made even more frustrating when I have friends who go back to their pre-pregnancy weight 2 days after having their 2nd or 3rd child.

Darcy Nestler

I am on child # 3 and I am struggling with the changes my body is going thru right now.  I'm not due until February, but it has been 7 years since I have been pregnant.  I was just starting to be comfortable in my own skin when I found out.  But it will be okay.  My husband and I were trying to have a baby.  I know after I get out of the first trimester, it will get better.

Jessica Dustin

Too bad Photoshop was still used. This isn't her REAL body... They made it "better" for the magazine!

nativ... nativemama18

Lol realistic how about nooooooooo clearly photo shopped anyway no I cryed every day about my body while I was pregnant and even more after I have had my daughter

Deidre Emerson

Just because she looks fabulous doesn't mean that she was photo-shopped. I have photos when I was nine months pregnant looking a lot like that (granted, my legs aren't that long, but the rest is about right), because I was pretty athletic before I got pregnant, and kept working out during pregnancy. As a result, I didn't look more than about 5 months pregnant when I was a week overdue, and went back to a flat belly within the first six weeks, no problem. And my kiddo was over 8lbs at birth. No stretch marks, no weird lumps, my skin stayed pretty much the same throughout. She's realistic for many of us out there that follow a similar routine before and during pregnancy, and just because she took care of herself before and during pregnancy doesn't mean she's somehow presenting a "fake" image here.

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