Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings shot a pair of nude photos for ESPN The Magazine, during her pregnancy and nine weeks after giving birth to her third child, daughter Scout Margery.

The photos of Walsh Jennings, a 34-year-old native of Saratoga and Stanford alum, will appear side-by-side in the magazine's fifth annual Body Issue, due out July 12. She is only one of several athletes who posed nude for the edition.

"When I was offered this opportunity it wasn't an automatic yes," Walsh Jennings told People magazine. "I had to think about it. I'm my parents' daughter. I have my husband. When I came down to it, I had the opportunity to do something uncomfortable. I think that's an important part of life. It's something new. I looked at it as a challenge."

Kerri Walsh Jennings poses for ESPN The Magazine while pregnant and nine weeks after giving birth.
Kerri Walsh Jennings poses for ESPN The Magazine while pregnant and nine weeks after giving birth. (ESPN The Magazine)

Walsh Jennings returns to beach volleyball competition later this month in Switzerland, where will team with interim partner Whitney Pavlik and later new partner April Ross.