“I rang our Seven team doctor and some specialist doctors in Sydney who I know and respect, so I have lots of different viewpoints,” Armytage said.
“However, no one can give a 100 per cent guarantee. Could you image if I was 40 and pregnant? How nervous and stressed I would be about all the things that could go wrong. And to add Zika to that.”
In an Instagram message posted today, Armytage confirmed she was still unsure about her travels to Rio.
Me & the Rio Olympics; (???????? there’s a headline I never thought I’d write!) I’m just confirming today’s article that I am deciding whether or not I go with the @sunriseon7 team to Rio in August. I haven’t actually made a decision yet, but, as leaking to newspapers should be an Olympic sport for some, it’s out there prematurely! Like many female journos of a certain age contemplating Rio, Zika is a huge worry for me. And it’s not like I’m running the 100 metres or even hosting the opening ceremony…. @sunriseon7 would simply be at Copacabana Beach the week BEFORE the Olympics start. By August 5, we’d be at home in our own beds! I have offered to spend that week hosting the rest of the day’s news from our Sydney studio. And my bosses at 7 deserve a gold medal for being supportive of me. I’m not ‘desperate’ in any area of my life, in fact I love my life… But if I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable. All doctors admit, they simply don’t know enough about Zika yet. I consider myself to be very brave in the field (I hang from helicopters/jump from NZ canyons….) but I would NEVER put a (possible future) child of mine, at any risk. I love sharing my personal fears with you all (NOT!!!! Bloody hell ????????????) …. but sometimes it’s better to put things on the record than to have people chatting. Now I’m going out to lunch! Happy Sunday to you all, Sam xxx ????????????????????????
“…If I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next fear years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable,” she wrote in the post.
“…I would NEVER put a (possible future) child of mine, at any risk.”
However, on Instagram she did take a swing at newspapers for publishing leaked information and implying she was “desperate”.
“I haven’t actually made a decision yet, but, as leaking to newspapers should be an Olympic sport for some, it’s out there prematurely!…I’m not ‘desperate’ in any area of my life, in fact I love my life…”
Armytage acknowledged she wasn’t the only one who had concerns about travelling to Rio, saying other women she knew were also conflicted about the decision.
Scroll through to see some of our favourite photos from Sam’s Instagram. She’s just lovely.
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