June 05, 2010 02:00 PM

Courtesy of Shannon Miller

For Shannon Miller, when it comes to surviving new motherhood — it takes a village!

“If you don’t schedule time for yourself, there’s always going to be something else going on,” the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast, 33, tells Working Mother, adding that women should lean on friends and family in the days and months after bringing home a baby.

“When you’re not getting sleep and your hormones are raging, it’s critical to ask others for help,” she advises.

Between her role as an author, an organization to run and a website on the horizon, Miller concedes that she’s become efficient at balancing the demands of work with the demands of raising son Rocco, 6 months.

“There was this one time, I was trying to stay covered while pumping in the back seat of a car going to an event,” she recalls.

Not that she’s complaining! Rocco has only served to motivate Miller to advance her cause. “I’ve grown in my passion for what I do because of my son,” she explains, “and I have more of a voice now because of him.”

Husband John Falconetti earns credit for shouldering the load. “He’s been great about stepping in and helping me out and running errands,” Miller reveals.

“He’ll say to me, ‘Hey Shannon, let me have some guy time with Rocco,’ so I can get out and do some shopping, or he’ll call a couple of my friends and tell them to ‘make sure Shannon goes too.'”

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