Ex-Olympian Jana Pittman Shows The Realities Of Being A New Mum On SAS - Women's Health

Ex-Olympian Jana Pittman Shows The Realities Of Being A New Mum On SAS

The Aussie athlete joined the celebrity recruits of SAS just six months after giving birth and an accidental slip-up on last night’s episode was all too relatable for mums watching at home.

by | Sep 16, 2021

As an Olympian, Jana Pittman was the epitome of hard work, consistency, and dedication. As an athlete, attacking everything with all she has – both mentally and physically – is hardwired in her DNA, honed from years of track sessions, strength workouts, and the kind of discipline that comes with getting in the zone for each and every competition. She’s no stranger to hardship, having had to contend with numerous setbacks and debilitating injuries throughout her career. But in true Pittman style, she’s always bounced back from every one of them and not surprisingly, any competition that saw Pittman represent Australia saw the athlete do her country proud. 

This is the Pittman we might be used to seeing, but on last night’s episode of SAS Australia we were given an insight into the Pittman we’ve rarely seen before: the amazing mum. At 38-years-old, Pittman is now a mother of four, signing up to the brutal Channel 7 show just six months after the birth of her son, Charles. But while some of the other celebrity recruits have already buckled under the pressure of challenges or volunteered to leave as their bodies simply couldn’t handle the workload, Pittman continues to put her head down and work in a sheer act of grit and determination. 

Last night, while undergoing a gruelling physical assault course that involved a number of difficult exercises at five stations, including the likes of push-ups, tyre flips, and burpees, Pittman completed them all only to return to the starting point and reveal that she’d accidentally wet her pants. “I think I’m tough, but, I had a baby six months ago so I’m fighting that postpartum after-pregnancy body,” Pittman revealed through voiceover. 

Pittman then had to tell British soldier and course instructor Ant Middleton what had happened, “I wet myself…Couldn’t hold it,” Pittman says. “Embarrassing. I’m so sorry.”

Middleton assured her it was normal, telling the recruits: “It’s all right. If you need to piss, you need to piss. I don’t mind. It’s natural.” While he then asks if anyone relieved themselves in the water, Pittman replied, “No, but I just pissed myself on that run so that was embarrassing enough. Not intentionally but women at home need to know, after you have a baby, you don’t have a good pelvic floor if you try hard.”

Pittman may have been visibly embarrassed, but for those watching at home her act was one to be celebrated, not one to be ashamed of. For new mums, it was an all too relatable moment that deserves wider recognition and upon airing, Pittman was quickly celebrated on social media with viewers praising her strength and honesty. As Katie on Twitter wrote, “@JanaPittman you are amazing! Thank you for being so courageous in so many ways and being open about what happened. Pelvic floor is such an important thing that needs to be talked about. You made so many women feel less alone.”

Another added, “Loving Jana Pittman, I am in awe of all her achievements and the way she is such a beautiful caregiver on this show. Her integrity, honesty and gritty character is refreshing.” 

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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