Cheyenne Parker announces pregnancy

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Cheyenne Parker wants to clear a few things up.

In a piece published in The Players’ Tribune on Wednesday, the Atlanta Dream forward announced her pregnancy, addressed what this new chapter means for her career and opened up about her bout with COVID-19.

First and foremost, Parker says she’s a happy mom-to-be, although she admits the decision to become a parent wasn’t exactly planned.

“In my mind that was something that was going to happen after my playing career was over,” Parker writes.

Parker says she quickly realized she’d been given a “blessing.” Now into her second trimester, Parker says her season with Atlanta has come to an end, calling it “bittersweet.” She averaged a career-best 10.2 points per game through the first half of the season.

The 28-year-old addressed the challenge of starting a family while at the peak of her athletic career, writing that the mental aspects of pregnancy can be more challenging than the physical changes.

“I just don’t think people appreciate that enough about female athletes — and about the situation we’re in, if we want to be making these types of family decisions,” Parker writes. “I worked hard as hell to get to this level.”

Parker also used the piece as an opportunity to shed light on her experience with COVID-19 and her decision not to get vaccinated, which drew heavy public criticism.

At the time, Parker says she was trying to make the right decision for her baby as a newly pregnant woman, and that she still isn’t sure if she made the correct choice. “And I went back and forth about it for a while. It’s almost like I was paralyzed from trying to do the right thing,” Parker writes.

Finally, the WNBA star shouted out her union, the WNBPA, for securing paid maternity leave in the most recent CBA with the league.

“And I just sat there, staring at this ‘boring’ collective bargaining agreement…. and literally I’m crying tears of joy,” Parker writes.