The Meaning of Surfing to me during Pregnancy
By Margarita Barrachina on
making me evade any negative thoughts, feeling closer to nature and just focusing on the moment I’m living.
Some people might think it’s a bit risky or irresponsible to surf during a pregnancy, but I was sure that I had to listen to myself and quit surfing when I stopped feeling confident in the water. As my gynecologist said, “don´t try any new sports, just do whatever makes you feel comfortable”.
Surfing with a considerably sized belly is, of course, more demanding than doing it under “normal” conditions, but it’s so fulfilling and gratifying that it’s worth doing. I normally knee paddle in between sets, although I found it quite uncomfortable because I have knee problems and with thick wetsuits, it’s also hard for my blood circulation.
At the moment I’m seven months pregnant and although my last double-surf session a month ago was really good, I thought it was about time to stop surfing and continue with my swimming and adapted training sessions to stay active and of course, something that is even more physically demanding, taking care of my very active 20 month old son, Elliott.
It depends on how my labour goes, but I hope to be back in the water a month and a half after the baby’s birth, as I did with Elliott. There will be short sessions in between breastfeeding as then you care more about the little person you have left on the beach and not so much about the waves you can catch, but you also need time to bring yourself back to your lifestyle, a necessity to avoid losing your individuality. Time for yourself.
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