For the richest athletes in the world, having and raising children is just another part of life. Cristiano Ronaldo probably wouldn't risk missing a Champions League Final over his partner giving birth. WFAN radio hosts Mike Francesa, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, among others, once verbally crushed MLB player Daniel Murphy about taking paternity leave during the season, and Murphy only missed a handful of games.
Top-tier female athletes sacrifice more than a few outings or several contractually obligated events due to giving birth. A woman could easily lose at least one entire season of work while in her physical prime. Many who returned to fields of play after giving birth quickly found their prior forms as if they never stepped away in the first place. Some were even better than ever competing as moms. Here are 20 such athletes.