Matthew's baby boost heralded a fabulous fall for new moms. Survey just about any sport, and chances are you'll find a mother has been superior in its championship this year.
Three weeks after Matthew's win,
Tennis, meanwhile, hadn't had a major mom in nearly three decades until
In fact, several recent studies suggest that physical changes during pregnancy can boost aerobic capacity and can be a boon to athletes. Some believe the benefits are both physiological and psychological. Rampone, for one, says motherhood has mellowed her. "I think having a child puts things in perspective," she says. "If you lose or don't play well, you don't have time to dwell on it. You're always multi-tasking."
Perhaps no athletes are making greater strides on the mommy track than runners. Five of the first six women to cross the finish line in the 2009 New York City Marathon on Nov. 2 were mothers. Winner
When two-time Olympic gold medalist
"She's in, and I'm in," Walsh said last week. "We both want to win it as moms."
Don't bet against them. This trend has major mom-mentum.