Congratulations to Candace Parker and Shelden Williams

May, 13, 2009
5/13/09
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From a Goodwin Sports Management press release:

Candace Parker gave birth to a baby girl today at 11:29am. It is the first child for the WNBA MVP/ROY and husband Shelden Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The baby girl weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches in length.

"Shelden and I are thrilled," said Parker. "This is such a life changing moment for us, we feel blessed to have a healthy and beautiful baby girl."

Parker plans to rejoin the Los Angeles Sparks once she has received clearance from her physician.

The WNBA regular season runs from June 6 to September 13. 

I just looked up several articles about how quickly after childbirth moms can expect to return to exercise. Many suggest that for women who exercise throughout pregnancy, exercise of some kind can be safely resumed within a week or two -- although at reduced levels of exertion.

I'm sure there will be pressure on Parker -- the biggest star the WNBA has had in a long time -- to return as fast as possible, hopefully she'll have the luxury of playing again only when she feels it's right.

The timing might not be perfect for Parker, but it's A-OK for Shelden Williams. My calendar says summer is the perfect time for him to get really good at changing diapers.

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