Professional soccer player and former United States Olympian Sydney Leroux Dwyer is here to prove moms really can do anything they put their minds to.
Sydney is currently a forward for the Orlando Pride, a women’s professional soccer team based in Florida.
The 28-year-old mom of a little boy named Cassius is also five-and-a-half months pregnant with her second child, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves the most.
In an Instagram post earlier this week, Sydney shared a photo of her growing baby bump being hidden (not so well) by her purple Pride practice jersey.
The mom admitted in the caption:
I didn’t think I’d be starting off preseason 5.5 months pregnant but here we are.
She accompanied her statement with a laughing emoji.
Despite having to deal with a few naysayers who mom-shamed her for being “beyond irresponsible,” thousands of fans praised her for showing the world that pregnant women can do anything they want to do, so long as it’s not putting their baby in harm’s way.
Sydney’s husband, fellow soccer player Dom Dwyer, commented on the photo, saying both he and their unborn daughter are so proud:
Proud of you, so is she!
While others added:
CONGRATULATIONS You’re AMAZING!
Way to go. May God continue strengthening you!
Yaaassss girl!!! Go get ’em!! Im 35 weeks and thankful to still be going to Orangetheory every week
Love that you’re still training! I played while pregnant with my twins until 6 mos!
This is just so baller So much respect. Get itttt
Most women are scared to be active during their pregnancy. Wow!!! I. love. this. So.much.
Gotta show everyone what a 5.5 pregnant woman can do!!
So much respect for you!!!! Inspirational as well. Words just can’t describe. And all the haterz can just shut it! You do what you are happy with
According to the American Pregnancy Association, “physical exercise is bodily activity that improves or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. This type of exercise during pregnancy is important and can help with some common discomforts of pregnancy and even help prepare your body for labor and delivery.”
However, it is always important to consult with your own personal physician about pregnancy-related issues.