Surfing 25 Weeks Pregnant

I only get footage of myself surfing during retreats and since we just had six weeks off, it’s been a while since I posted any footage. My belly is growing. It’s getting more difficult to paddle and pop up, but once i’m on my feet, it feels ok. I’m trying to keep it mellow, but when a nice lip presents itself I hear the baby telling me, “mama, hit that!”.

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One Good Wave

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Surfing 18 Weeks Pregnant

Every week i’m a little slower, a little more relaxed, but thankfully I’m still surfing and when I get a good wave I get excited enough to step on the tail and push it! This was the third week in Costa Rica. The waves were a bit smaller and I didn’t have any of my own boards so I was riding some funky shapes, but having fun with it.

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Single Wave Single Move


2009 flashback of my first session on my Rusty Dwart courtesy of

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Surfing at 17 weeks Pregnant

At 17 weeks pregnant, my belly has started to grow. I definitely feel it when I paddle. I’ve been trying to put more weight on my knees/thighs to take the pressure off my belly, which works pretty well other than that it is now a bit harder to paddle into waves. I’m riding a wider/thicker board and a little slower to my feet, but once I’m up and riding I’m feeling great!

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Surfing at 14 Weeks Pregnant

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Surfing in the First Trimester

I’m pregnant, YAY! I’m excited to finally be 13 weeks pregnant and not shy about sharing the news. I’m also excited that i’m finally starting to feel a bit more like myself. I still get really tired in the evenings, but most of the nausea has faded – although it can come back quickly when scrolling through all the previously delicious looking recipe posts on Pinterest! 


If you don’t know already, i’m a former professional surfer who now runs Women’s Surf Yoga and Adventure Retreats. Surfing is a huge part of my life. When planning our pregnancy, my husband and I thought about timing. We figured I’d be totally fine to surf at least until the 4th month but that we should be sure to plan the later months of pregnancy and delivery for the low surf season of our business – the often stormy, rainy months of August – October. Fortunately, we got pregnant right on schedule in December which points to an early September due date. Perfect!

What I didn’t fully take into account was how sick and exhausted i’d feel in the first trimester. Our first retreat of the year was in late January – the 7th week of my pregnancy. Getting out of bed in the morning was a struggle. I was battling fatigue, morning sickness, and the anxiety of knowing there were a group of 12 ladies who wanted to surf with me waiting for me to make my way down to the beach! I was able to drag myself down there an hour or so later than the rest, and I did paddle out, do some coaching, and catch a few waves myself. But my body was not happy about it, and I couldn’t stay in the water for long.

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The 6th-8th weeks were the worst, but once I got to week 10, I actually had a few days where I felt marginally better. There were moments where I almost even felt normal! By week 11, I was back in the water surfing and feeling really good about it. I feel a bit weak after taking it so easy for the last month and I am still definitely taking it easier than normal, but it feels really really good to be back in the water and riding waves.

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I’ve been reading a lot about surfing during pregnancy and have been surprised to see photos and videos of ladies surfing deep into their 7th, 8th, and even 9th months! We’ll see how long I can stay in the water on my surfboard!

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