By peoplestaff225
Updated May 13, 2007 06:24 AM

That 11-month-old Jaden Chastain Smith accompanies his mom, soccer star Brandi Chastain, practically everywhere she goes is not by accident, and not by necessity — It is happily, deliberately, by choice. Brandi says that taking Jaden to personal appearances, soccer matches, and other events is an important step towards normalizing the notion that having a child need not slow women down.

Now that ex-teammates Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy are first-time moms, as well — Julie gave birth to daughter Isabel 5-months ago, while Mia had twins Grace and Ava in late March — the trio find themselves e-mailing less and less about soccer and more and more about their babies. Nonetheless, Brandi, 38, hasn’t given up on the possibility of a return to the field sometime in the future.