Kerri Walsh Hates Being 'Skinny Soft,' Is Ready to Build Muscle After Baby

07/06/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
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New mom Kerri Walsh tells PEOPLE her husband AVP pro-volleyball player Casey Jennings nearly missed the birth of their son.

The Olympian, 30, and Casey, 33, welcomed Joseph ‘Joey’ Michael Jennings six weeks ago, but dad-to-be got temporarily sidelined by, what else, a volleyball game.

“I started my contractions the night before and just labored through the night and kissed my husband goodbye,” says Kerri. “He had to go play in a tournament.”

Although Casey was a wreck leaving his wife, he made it back just in the nick of time. “Casey got home around 5 p.m. and my water broke around 5:05 and then we went straight to the hospital,” she recalls. “My husband was a really great coach and little Joey came out at 7:14 p.m.”

And Casey has eased right into his new role. “He sings to Joey every day and night. Joey’s a spitting image of his daddy — same head, same hair-line, same bone structure.”

Kerri, who has stuck to an intense work out routine much of her life– especially while in season, did have a little trouble getting used to the weight gain. “36 lbs. is the official number. I just didn’t want to hit 40 because that would be 200 lbs. but I feel pretty silly now that I see Joey.”

So did it fall right off the typically svelte star? “It’s crazy. A lot dropped in the first week,” she says. “Now I just need to build my muscle because I’m skinny soft, which is the worst thing to be.”

Anxious to be back on the sand, Kerri adds, “I can’t wait to sweat and be outside and play the sport I love so much but right now I’m just proud. I have peace in my heart because of our son. I just can’t wait to show him the world.”

Meanwhile, Kerri announced this weekend she’s on track to make her comeback at the August 8th Hermosa Beach AVP tournament.

Source: PEOPLE

— Jennifer Garcia

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sophie on

I’m happy for her and her husband. My only comment is “skinny soft” is not the worst thing 🙂 I’ll take that any day over the post-baby “pudgy soft” that I’ve got going on!

Hope on

She will be playing with Rachel Wacholder-Scott for the rest of the season. She is also a new mother. There is a picture of Joey with Casey on the FIVB website. It is under pictures from the Myslowice, Poland tour stop.

wavybrains on

I hope Misty May’s time is coming too! I know that at the Olympics both she and Kerry said that they wanted babies this year. I’ve been watching this site hoping for a baby announcement from her!

Leslie on

Love love love the name Joey as it’s my older son’s name AND Michael which is my youngest son’s name. Good taste girlfriend!

mary on

Did I read this right 40 pounds of weight gain would put her at 200? Her normal weight is about 160? Well they say muscle weighs more than fat. She is ALL muscle. I want her body! Firm me up please:)

missnorcal on

You have to keep in mind that Kerri is 6’3″ tall and that is why she can weigh around 160 and look so fit. Also, muscle does not weigh more than fat. That makes no sense. A pound is a pound. The difference is the amount of space a pound of muscle takes compared to a pound a fat. For example, a pound worth of rocks takes up less space than a pound worth of feathers. They both weigh one pound but visually speaking the feathers are going to take up more space and seem to be a much larger amount. Muscle is leaner than fat and takes up less space.

Harley on

That’s the hardest park about being so physically fit for so many years…suddenly it all goes away during pregnancy lol. Luckily for her, I’m sure she kept active during her pregnancy and it’ll probably be easier for her to get right back on the solid train haha. I wish her all the best 🙂

Harley on

Also, the saying that muscle weighs more than fat comes from the look. 160lbs of fat as opposed to 160lbs of muscle aesthetically looks very different. Whereas fat takes up more space than lean muscle lol. Weird, but it makes sense 🙂

Sage on

I love Kerri so much. I know she is going to be a wonderful mother. I remember how much she and Casey talked about wanting to be parents. This boy will be loved so much.

April on

Ugggh I know what she means, I just could not get rid of my jelly belly! The baby weight is gone but two years later I just cant seem to get my tone back.