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Dominque Dawes

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes welcomes first child, daughter

Congratulations US Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes on the birth of her first child, a daughter.
Dawes, who married Maryland Religion teacher Jeff Thompson last Easter, shared the news of her “natural” childbirth on her Twitter feed yesterday:
She shared photos of herself pregnant in social media in September 2013 but only posted a super baby bump photo on her Facebook page last December, alerting most of her fans and followers that she was expecting.

She joins 4 other members of her Magnificent 7 team members, who were part of the first US gymnastics team in history to take the all-around Gold medal in the Olympics, known to have had babies including, Kerri Strug who gave birth in June 2012; Shannon Miller, who had her second child this past July 2013 after battling cancer;  Amanda Borden who gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in July 2000 and Dominique Mocceaneu, who has two children with her husband fellow gymnast Mike Canales
Amy Chow is married and a pediatrician now and no word on what Jaycie Phelps, who rounds up the 7, is up to now.
Since retiring from the sport, Dawes has coached, been a media analyst, a motivational coach and speaker, consultant and a TV host and sports commentator.
Congrats!

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BumpWatch: Dominique Dawes promotes Kaiser Permanente’s Prenatal Care campaign (VIDEO)

In September, retired US Gymnastics and Olympic medalist, Dominique Dawes gave her followers a clue into the fact that she was pregnant when she tweeted herself filming a video for Kaiser Permanente.


Not everyone got it and only one of her followers responded to the image with a “hmmm.”


Dawes, who is the only modern American gymnast to compete and medal in three Olympic games (1992, 1996, 2000), has been the health organization’s Health Advocate and official spokeswoman for several years now, but when she began to show, she started to help promote its prenatal care program among patients and in communities.
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But in that September photo, she was much smaller than when she first openly shared news of her first pregnancy this past December in a photo (below) which also shows the petite Maryland-native wearing a wedding and engagement ring.
The motivational speaker is quite secretive about her private life so no one had a clue she was even married, let alone expecting!
Dawes, who was a member of the  US Gymnastics Olympic Overall Gold medalist team at the Atlanta 1996 games, posted a video from the campaign on her Twitter account recently.
“Prenatal health is the first step to being a good mom!”  the alumnus of University of Maryland (my alma mater)  wrote. 

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