What It Takes to Be a (Pregnant) Olympian

Which do you think is more intense: Training for the Olympics or giving birth? Kristie Moore will soon be able to wholeheartedly answer that question.

Moore, 30, is a member of Canada's Olympic curling team and is almost six months pregnant. iVillage chatted with the first-time Olympian and first-time mom a day before her team beat Switzerland 6-5 in the women's curling semifinals on Feb. 25, putting them in contention to win the gold medal on Friday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. ET when they compete against Sweden.

iVillage: How did you get into curling?
Kristie Moore: It's a family sport for me. My mom and dad were both curlers. I started in my first competition when I was 9.

iVillage: And when did you decide you wanted to be an Olympian?
Moore: The Olympics didn't come into play with curling until 1998. I've always competed for World Championships so it just stemmed from there.

iVillage: You're at the Olympics now -- so was this a surprise pregnancy?
Moore: The thing is, you qualify as team and my team didn't qualify to get into the Olympics. So my boyfriend and I thought this would be an off year for me and we decided to start a family. Then, every team chooses an alternate in case someone gets sick or injured and this team called me and asked me to be their fifth. We hadn't told our families yet because I wasn't quite three months along. So I told [my family] I was pregnant and then I called the team and told them and asked if they still wanted me and they said yes.

iVillage: This question comes from a Community member: "How did your training differ when you found out you were expecting?" --valerie2010
Moore: It's changed a little bit since you're supposed to watch your heart rate more. I'm not doing as much high-intensity cardio, but other than that, everything is the same. Since I've been through the first trimester, things have been good. Sometimes it's hard to remember that I'm actually pregnant!

iVillage: What advice would you give to moms-to-be about how to stay in shape during pregnancy?
Moore: In all honesty, I didn't work out for a while because I was so exhausted! I would say just try to be healthy in life in general, whether or not you're pregnant. Taking a half hour a day just for you is really important -- go to the gym, go for a walk -- just be active and healthier.

iVillage: This question also comes from our Community: "My 9-year-old Sarah wants to know if the things that are pushed in curling are called stones or rocks? Her PE teacher said stones, but the Olympic broadcasters keep calling them rocks." --ldsfreckleface
Moore: They're either. Probably in North America they're called rocks more than anything. Europeans refer to them more as stones, but it just depends on where you grew up. They're both correct.

iVillage: Will you continue your curling career after your child is born? (Moore decided to keep the baby's gender a surprise.)
Moore: Our season ends in April and doesn't start again until the end of August. I have a few months there to decide how much I'm going to play the following year.

iVillage: What's been more difficult: getting through that first trimester or getting to the Olympics?
Moore: Getting through the first trimester is definitely harder than the Olympics. It was not fun.

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