@test Anna Blanch
They say that when you’re pregnant you shine. For the past 8 months, I don’t know if I’ve been shining, but I do know that I’ve been the happiest girl in the world, even though sometimes it’s a bit hard.
When I first I got pregnant, I didn’t change that much. I kept surfing and windsurfing as much as I could. I kept doing sports, traveling and living my life normally, except…I’m not alone anymore. I am sharing it all with some little thing kicking me all the time in my belly, my son. The experience of being in the water – catching a little wave, swimming, surfing with my husband or just being at the beach at sunset – knowing that my son is with me is amazing. There are no words to define this feeling.
My life hasn’t changed that much yet, but I’ve done the one thing that will change it the most it ever will…I’m a mom now.
Here are ten tips that I found to windsurf safely during pregnancy. If you feel ready, windsurfing will really help you during this time. It helped me a lot to stay physically and mentally active:
10 Tips for Windsurfing Pregnant
1. Be honest about your skill level.If you’re a stable, regular windsurfer who can maneuver confidently and who just doesn’t wipe out, you can make windsurfing a part of your early-pregnancy fun and games. If you are an occasional windsurfer with a lot of enthusiasm but less skill, hold off until after pregnancy, when those falls and tangles with your equipment won’t be as risky.
2. Don’t show off.it’s tempting to try a few showy moves when you’re feeling confident and the conditions are right. Hold back. Jumping, ripping, and racing can really get you into trouble and are not worth the risk during pregnancy.
3. Windsurf in straightforward conditions.Go out when there is a gentle wind and little, little waves (Force 0 to Force 3 conditions) with no offshore wind. Don’t do any wave sailing or jumping. And avoid shores with rocks and shallow reefs, which could make your injuries even worse.
4. Choose your equipment conservatively.You’ll still have a great time on the water if you’re enjoying some easy sailing on a bigger board and can stop, float, and take a breather every once in a while. A sinker just won’t let you do that.
5. Take breaks.Although you’re not out of breath, you are using your muscles and will get tired. And you’ll certainly get more worn out during pregnancy. So drop your sail and take a break, even while you’re out on the water. Let go, stretch, and assess your energy level. If you’re starting to tire or feel hot, head in for a longer break and a lot of water.
6. Test the water.Ideally, the water temperature should be between 82°F and 86°F (28°C and 30°C). If it’s any warmer than that, you could overheat. On the other hand, even if it’s a beautiful warm day, the water may be cool, requiring a wet¬suit, which provides warmth, buoyancy, and serious sun protection.
7. Fall safely.When you begin to lose control and are about to wipe out, protect yourself from your equipment. Let go of your boom so your sail doesn’t land on top of you. Try directing your fall so that you minimize the impact on your belly and vagina (feet first with your legs together, for example).
8. Hop in.Taking breaks in the water is really good for you during pregnancy. Swimming and treading water give you a bit of aerobic exercise, get your legs moving, and improve overall blood flow to your fetus.
9. Watch the sun.One of your greatest dangers on the water during pregnancy is the sun. Plan ahead to avoid sunburn and dehydration. Drink a lot of water ahead of time and go in frequently to hydrate. Wear a wetsuit or at least a t-shirt. And reapply lots of SPF-30 waterproof sunscreen every time you towel off.
10. Make windsurfing the highlight.Be sure to include walking or swimming in your exercise program so that you condition your heart and lungs too. It’ll make you a stronger windsurfer and put you in great shape for the rest of your pregnancy and delivery. Plus, walking and swimming are activities you can enjoy right up until you give birth—and with your newborn baby, too.
Article credit: pregnantgirls.net