Jessica Ennis-Hill on mum guilt and why motherhood is harder than Olympic gold

Olympic legend Jessica Ennis-Hill loved sweeping rivals aside but there is one challenge that is even better at keeping her on her toes – parenting.

The Team GB superstar added that she suffered “mum guilt” as she balanced family life with being the world’s No1 heptathlete.

Dame Jess, 34, tells the Sunday Mirror: “I think that has been my biggest challenge.

"When you’re a sportsperson life is structured, you work to a plan and can control your environment.

"When your baby comes along it’s a whirlwind and you can’t control everything.”

Jess won gold at London 2012.

After having Reggie, now five, she won silver at the 2016 Rio Games and was world champ – for the third time – in 2015.

Jess – also mum to Olivia, two – found out how tough it was to juggle motherhood and sport.

Speaking at the Virtual Baby Show, she explains: “I’m always consumed with worry and wondering if they’re happy, healthy and feel loved.

"Most women worry ‘Will I be able to have a baby?


"Is it all going to go the way I’ve planned’? So having my son and then to go back to competing – followed by having my daughter afterwards – was just incredible.

"I feel so fortunate to have two amazing children in my life.

“I wanted to go back to competing and training for two years. I had no idea how challenging it would be. My body had changed.

“Then you have that mum guilt. It was tough, but I was able to win a world gold and silver in Rio.

“It was the best decision I made. Yet the nicest part was Reggie came to every training session and saw Mummy win those medals. It was a very rewarding time.”

Sheffield lass Jess and husband Andy Hill don’t plan to have more children. She adds: “I look at
the pregnancy pictures and I feel emotional.

So really cherish those moments because they absolutely fly by so quickly.”

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