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Olympian Amanda Beard Expecting Second Child

Amanda Beard, the swimmer who won 7 medals during a career that spanned 4 Olympic Games, announced that she and her husband, the photographer Sacha Brown, are expecting their second child.  The couple's first child, a son named Blaise Ray, is 3 years old.  More from

"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 brotherBlaise 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!"

Image: Amanda Beard, via s_bukley /