See Pippa Middleton & her baby bump playing tennis

From looking easy breezy beautiful at the French Open to her regular appearances at Wimbledon, there’s no denying Pippa Middleton is a tennis aficionado. She loves it so much, in fact, that she’s made it a major part of her pregnancy workout routine and we have the pic to prove it.

The almost royal penned a piece for Waitrose Weekend magazine revealing that tennis has kept her in shape through her pregnancy and shared tips on how other expectant mothers can benefit from some court time.

“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout pregnancy,” the new Mrs. Matthews wrote.

Although the game has been a major part of her life for as long as she can remember, she has modified a bit to accommodate her bun in the oven by playing doubles more often and avoiding overhand serves. Pippa wrote that she has “been advised to keep two feet on the ground when hitting strokes (to endure good pelvic valance) and to avoid sharp turns and quick movements” as she approaches her due date. (Squee!)

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She went on to explain the benefits of playing while pregnant, claiming that, “improved placental growth, good weight management, as well as reducing back pain, strengthening heart and blood vessels, overall body strength, and reducing the risk of gestational diabetes,” are just a few pluses she’s experienced thanks to her prenatal hobby.

The mom-to-be also gave Serena Williams a shout out for winning the Australian Open while pregnant and added that there’s a major benefit to playing while with a baby bump. “The opposition can get distracted if they know they’re matched against someone pregnant (showing good manners), so in the spirit of competition—now is the time to make the most of them holding back!” Middleton wrote.

Calling it now: Preggo tennis is the new prenatal yoga.

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