What Pippa Middleton and Serena Williams Will Have in Common While Pregnant

Pippa cites Serena as a role model in this way.

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Pippa Middleton (opens in new tab) has revealed that she plans on taking cues from Serena Williams (opens in new tab) throughout her pregnancy—which makes sense, because even speaking from a non-pregnant point of view, it's hard not to feel inspired by the tennis pro. Middleton, who is pregnant with her first child (opens in new tab) with husband James Matthews (opens in new tab), says she'll continue to safely exercise and play tennis. The 34-year-old is a columnist for U.K. supermarket Waitrose Weekend and took to this month's issue to discuss her plans to remain active.

“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely through pregnancy,” she writes. “Take Serena Williams—she famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.” She's right—Williams epically won the Australian Open in January 2017 while secretly pregnant (Williams and now-husband Alexis Ohanian (opens in new tab) announced her pregnancy in April) and promptly became the girl boss we all needed.

"Few of us can relate to this elite excellence, but if you’re a healthy, well-trained player with an uncomplicated pregnancy there’s no reason why you can’t continue a good level of tennis," she adds. "Over the past two trimesters I've been playing regularly, mostly doubles, which requires less side-to-side movement and intensity. I haven't been giving 100% to every shot, instead just enjoying releasing energy through rallying, footwork and working on core strength."

The Duchess of Cambridge (opens in new tab)'s sister is expected to give birth this fall. Here's hoping Middleton also takes cue's from William's tennis wardrobe—I'm still reeling from her ridiculously cool bodysuit at the French Open last month (opens in new tab).


Ruby was the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covered beauty across print and digital. Her work has appeared on The Zoe Report, Fashionista, and StyleCaster. Follow her on Instagram.