For female athletes, one of the most important career decisions comes outside of competition: When to start a family. With a nine-month commitment for pregnancy even before the child arrives, many athletes wait until retirement to start a family.

To celebrate Mother's Day, here's a look at these supermoms took motherhood head-on, while also competing at the highest level in their respective sports.

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