Since moving back to Cornwall, I have really enjoyed seeing a steady improvement in my surfing. When I became pregnant, I knew that this was something I wanted to continue with for as long as possible. I guess I was quite naive for thinking that the only thing that would prevent me from surfing would be when my bump became too big to paddle out or pop up with.
Nerves and panic
However, almost straightaway I was very conscious of the baby growing inside me and I felt quite uncomfortable every time a wave would break onto my stomach. I absolutely love the ocean and have almost never felt afraid whilst being in it. It is a place where I usually feel so comfortable and so this feeling of being worried and nervous for my baby was completely new and came as quite a shock to me.
A change in perspective
After a couple unsuccessful sessions consisting of me pretty much stood in knee high water, holding my board and willing myself to venture out, I realised that I needed to change my perspective and what I wanted to achieve from my surfing whilst being pregnant. Now is not the time to be challenging myself with surfing larger waves and learning new manoeuvres. I need to focus purely on surfing for the enjoyment of it; for the benefits of being in the ocean and for enabling me to spend quality time with my husband and friends.
The coming months
We recently had such an amazing early morning session on a stunning and deserted beach in Cornwall where the waves were small but consistent and the sun was shining. It was absolutely perfect and just what I needed to remind myself of how much I enjoy surfing. I am now halfway through my pregnancy and am still determined to keep going for as long as my wetsuit will stretch over my ever increasing bump whilst also perfecting a slightly odd, head down, bum up paddle out to take the pressure off my belly!
Bring on the summer with endless sunshine, 2-3ft clean forecasts and empty line ups (it doesn’t hurt to dream…😊)
I would love to hear from you if you have also tried to keep up surfing when pregnant and if you have any tips to share.
**DISCLAIMER - 25 Mar 2020- I am fully aware of the current situation with COVID-19 and will not be going out surfing until the government has put a stop to the period of self isolation and it is safe to do so. Stay home people.