Amanda Beard is set to welcome a new addition to the pool.
The seven-time Olympic medalist and her husband, photographer Sacha Brown, are expecting their second child in July, Beard confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“We are so excited to add to our family! During my first pregnancy, I was sick the whole time and felt awful,” the swimmer, 31, tells PEOPLE.
“So far this pregnancy has been a lot easier. I’ve only been sick a couple of times and I have way more energy.”
Also delighted by the news is soon-to-be big brother Blaise Ray, 3.
“He’s so excited. He keeps telling me how he is going to hug and kiss the baby and help me take care of [him or her],” says Beard.
She jokingly adds, “We will see if that actually happens!”
Beard won two gold, four silver and one bronze medal during her career and is a four-time Olympian. Currently sponsored by Aqua Sphere, she is also the author of the memoir In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.
She and Brown were married in May 2009 on Wakatobi, an archipelago in the Banda Sea off southeastern Indonesia.
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