Des Moines native and gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson East, 28, is expecting baby No. 2 with her husband, former NFL player Andrew East.
“Here we go again,” the Nashville, Tennessee, resident wrote in her Friday posting, which featured a photo of her, obviously pregnant, kissing her husband, Andrew East, who has been a long snapper for several NFL teams and currently is a free agent.
In another photo, her husband holds their 14-month-old daughter while she plays with tennis shoes. The Indiana native, 29, in his own Instagram post shared his excitement and included a video of himself kissing his wife’s belly.
It’s been a long journey for Johnson East. The couple wed in April 2016 in Tennessee, and Johnson East suffered a miscarriage the following year. On the couple’s YouTube page, a video diary of their lives, her husband posted video of his mourning, devasted wife, who said she felt a misplaced sense of guilt for losing the baby.
When she became pregnant with Drew, she acknowledged being “absolutely terrified.” But that only amplified her and her husband’s joy when their daughter was born, safe and healthy.
Johnson East in an interview with Us Weekly published in December said she was ready for another baby.
“I feel like it was around the one-year mark, which was a month ago, that we finally were, like, OK, we feel like ourselves again,” Shawn told the magazine. “We’re ready to kind of go down that route. Yes, we’ve talked about it. We would love a baby anytime.”
Johnson East, who attended Valley High School, won gold on the balance beam at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as well as silver medals for team, all-around and floor exercise. The daughter of Doug and Teri Johnson of Des Moines, she trained at Chow’s Gymnastics in West Des Moines and started competing in 1995.
She has made numerous TV appearances, both in shows and commercials, and in February 2009 won the championship on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
She retired from gymnastics competition in 2012 and is a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee.