For as long as I can remember I have heard the phrase that “you can’t have your cake and eat it too.” I never fully understood the meaning of the quote until it was explained to me a few years ago. It means you can’t have two good things that normally don’t go together happening at the same time.
When I think about the quote, I think about the struggle that sometimes happens for women where they might feel as if they have to choose between having an amazing career or having a family.
It’s no different for the women in sports who have amazing careers and are mothers as well.
In honor of mother day, we would like to feature some amazing female athletes that are not only at the top of their game in their sport but are also mothers.
Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger of the Orlando Pride welcomed their daughter Sloane Phillips in February this year.
Anya and Madison Packer of the Metropolitan Riveters welcomed their son Waylon Gregory in September.
Serena Williams is the mother to an adorable little girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Olympia who is named after her father Alexis.
Sydney Leroux of the Orlando Pride is the mother of two children with Dom Dwyer. Her children are named Cassius and Roux.
Bria Holmes of the Connecticut Sun is the mother of Diona. Diona became a fan favorite while the WNBA was in their bubble last season. She became known as Baby D.
Alex Morgan of the Orlando Pride and USWNT is the mother of one year old Charlie Elena. Alex’s husband, much like Sydney Leroux’s husband, plays soccer as well.
Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury is the mother of a sweet little boy named Leo. Leo’s other mother was a former WNBA player and assistant coach for the Mercury.
Candace Parker formerly of the LA Sparks and currently of the Chicago Sky is the mother of eleven year old Lailaa.
Cheyna Matthews is a member of the Jamaican National Team and Racing Louisville of the NWSL. She is the mother of two boys named Josiah and Leo. Her husband is an NFL Player who is currently a free agent.
DeWanna Bonner of the Connecticut Sun is the mother of twins, Demi and Cali. She shares custody of the twins with her ex Candice Dupree.
Candice Dupree plays for the Seattle Storm and is the mother of twin girls, Demi and Cali. She shares custody of the twins with DeWanna Bonner
Brie Bella is former WWE wrestler, a podcast host and owner of various businesses with her sister Nicole. She is the mother of two children – Birdie and Buddy. Her husband currently wrestles in the WWE.
Nikki Bella is a former WWE wrestler who has a podcast and runs various business with her sister Brie. She is the mother of Mateo. Her fiancé is currently a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.
Bethany Hamilton is a one-armed professional surfer. She is the mother of three little boys named Tobias, Wesley and Micah.
Skylar Diggins-Smith is a WNBA player for the Phoenix Mercury. She played the entire 2018 season pregnant with her son. She has been very vocal since 2019 when her son was born about the lack of support she felt from the league for the women and any pregnancies / postpartum issues they might have.