New Mom, Laura Kenny Opens Up On Mom-Guilt After Returning To Work| Photos & Video


British track and road cyclist, and four-time Olympic champion, Laura Rebecca Kenny, has revealed how she suffered ‘mom guilt’ about going back to work after giving birth to her son.

The cyclist, 26, became a mom to Albert– who she calls Albie in August 2017; and 6-weeks after, she started training again and competed in her 1st event as a mom at the Track Cycling World Championships in March, 2018; for which she won a silver medal.

Laura (left) and Kate Archibald (right) following the Women’s Madison Final during day six of the 2018 European Championships

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Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine on Monday, Laura, who is married to fellow gold medal winner, Jason Kenny, said it was ‘a lot harder’ than she thought it was going to be.


She also revealed that she turned to another Olympian and mom, Jessica Ennis-Hill for advice about juggling motherhood and being an athlete, and says the track and field champion has been ‘unbelievable’. She credits Jessica, who is mom to Reggie, 4, and Olivia, 1 for helping her get through the guilt. “Having Jessica Ennis-Hill there has been unbelievable because she’s done exactly what I want to do.”

She added: “It’s great that I’ve got Jess on the end of the phone that I can just message and say, ”How did you deal with that?””

Laura was on the show after she won two more gold medals at the European Championships last month.

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Speaking about her speedy return to work, Laura said:

“I guess I didn’t realise how hard it was going to be leaving him behind, you do feel guilty. In any walk of life you’re going to feel guilty leaving them because as a mum, as a dad, you feel it’s your job to solely look after them. It is difficult. We travel around the world, we’re away racing. There’s a lot of time you’re not with them.”

Laura won four gold medals at the London and Rio Olympics and is currently Britain’s most successful female Olympian.

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Her husband, Jason had initially made a private decision to retire from cycling after the Rio Olympics, before deciding to enter the World Championships.

Laura said the pair are a ‘great team’ and is pleased that Jason didn’t retire so they could join each other at the Olympics. She said: “We’re a great team. You understand it because you’re in it together. He gets it because we’re going through it together.”  

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