Jana Pittman pregnant via donor sperm - and in love

Jana Pittman and her son Cornelis earlier this year.
Jana Pittman and her son Cornelis earlier this year.  Photo: SMH/Fiona Morris

Jana Pittman says she feels like she has won the lottery. 

Not only is the former Olympian four months pregnant with a baby girl thanks to donor sperm, she has also found new love with a fellow athlete.

"I feel extraordinarily lucky," the 32-year-old has told Woman's Day.

Pittman already has a seven-year-old son, Cornelis, with her ex-husband English athelete Chris Rawlinson. In order to have a much wanted second baby, the single mum used anonymous donor sperm and IVF.

To add to her happiness about her pregnancy, Pittman began dating 30-year-old runner James Gurr two months ago.

Pittman told Woman's Day she realised her situation was a lot for a new partner to take on, but she is feeling positive about their future together. 

"With James beside me, I feel more confident about what lies ahead and whatever it is, I know we'll cope," she said.

"It won't be easy for him taking all this on! He's been in my life for years, but in the last couple of months we've stepped it up. I adore him – and he's really great with Cor."

Pittman's joy comes after difficult times which included two miscarriages and being diagnosed with high-grade cervical dysplasia, a condition one stage before cervical cancer.


Jana, who is studying medicine, said she was concerned about her diagnosis but she knew it was not a death sentence.

"But I decided to hurry up and have another child, because it might be my last chance. I rang a fertility clinic the next day and went right on the IVF donor list," she told Woman's Day.

Pittman's current pregnancy followed two miscarriages which almost saw her give up on dreams of having another child.

"I've wanted this part of my life so badly, and I'm so full of love for my son and future daughter," she told the magazine.

"I can't wait to meet my baby girl. She's my little miracle!"

Pittman is used to being in the public spotlight due to her sporting success.

As a track and field athlete she specialised in the 400 metres run and 400 metres hurdles events. She is a two time world champion and has also won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

After retiring from running and hurdles in 2012 due to a recurring foot injury, she switched to bobsled. She competed in the this year's winter Olympics, making her the first Australian female athlete to compete in both summer and winter games.

Despite her success, not all the media attention received by Pittman over the past decade has been positive. 

She told Woman's Day she knew her decision to become pregnant using donor sperm would not be supported by all Australians, but her desire to give Cornelis a sibling was the main driver behind her decision.

"Cor was upset when I lost my last two pregnancies. He kept asking, 'When am I going to have a brother or sister?' " she said.

"Now he kisses my belly, talks to her and says goodnight. I've told him he can pick her middle name and he's chosen Cora, after himself! He also picked the first pink outfit the day we found out she was a girl."