OLYMPIC gold medallist Catherine Freeman has revealed she is pregnant with her first child, and has developed type 2 diabetes as a result.
Freeman, who will turn 38 next week, told New Idea she had always wanted a baby and was excited when she discovered she was pregnant. ''I was totally overwhelmed when I saw the ultrasound, and hearing its heartbeat,'' she said.
''It came as a jolt at first,'' she said. ''Being an elite athlete I was really healthy, and I was really fit - I was one of the fittest women in the world.
''And then all of a sudden your body is disappointing you, in a way. And it's like your pride gets hurt,'' she revealed.
Those most at risk include people with a family history of the disease and people over 35 of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.
Freeman, who has a family history of type 2 diabetes, must now test her blood sugar levels and inject herself with insulin four times a day.
She said doctors had told her the disease could go after the baby was born.
''They say I have type 2 diabetes but there is a chance it could go away after the baby's born. So we'll just wait and see,'' she said.
Now in her second trimester, Freeman said she cannot wait to meet her baby. ''I think it will take my breath away.''