After the Mystics’ 85-74 loss to the San Antonio Stars, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault gave some insight on some remarks on the team’s recent moves. You can watch the video here from Monumental Sports Network.
Toward the end of the conference, he gave more insight in regard to Bria Hartley’s pregnancy. Thibault mentioned that he did not know about it until “less than two weeks ago,” which was also when the team resumed practice. Hartley did attend those practices, which included an off-site session at Sherando High School in Stephens City, Virginia. Thibault also added that Hartley knew she was pregnant for “some time” before notifying him.
I won’t speculate exactly how far along Hartley is. But it is not uncommon for women to delay announcing a pregnancy “to the public” until they are close to the end or just past the first trimester, or first three months of a pregnancy.
In a Pregnancy Etiquette Guide by Deborah Skolnik of Parents Magazine, pregnant women are advised that they should be free to tell people whenever they want. But also, some women will not publicly announce it until three months have passed because the risk of miscarriage goes down significantly at that point.
And for what it’s worth, Skolnik’s piece also mentioned this to women in regard to when they should notify their employers:
Assuming that Hartley is three months in, that would indicate that she played nearly the entire season so far in the early stages of her pregnancy. Her child would be due in mid-February to mid-March. But at some point as Thibault mentioned, it isn’t safe to continue playing because it becomes a risk.
Thibault also gave some details on Leilani Mitchell’s signing and Tianna Hawkins’ departure. In regard to Mitchell, Thibault intended on signing her at the start of the Olympic Break and did so before knowing that Hartley was pregnant.
In regard to Hawkins’ release, she was waived in order to give the Mystics roster flexibility. This was because her injury recovery time from a concussion will “take awhile.” He is interested in re-signing her when she is able to play again so there’s a good chance she’ll return to D.C. next year if nothing else.
For now, the Mystics’ next important date is the trade deadline is on Wednesday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET. In theory, Washington could trade a draft pick for an active player or they could trade one of their active players in exchange for two players.
Though it is possible, I wouldn’t hold my hopes on a trade by Wednesday since the WNBA isn’t like the NBA when it comes to significant player movement. It’s more likely that the Mystics will sign a free agent to take Hawkins’ spot if they choose to do so.