Ever wondered if it’s possible to surf while pregnant? Well here is your answer! Corina McGuire shows us it’s possible. She surfed right up until the day she went into labour with both of her children and she tells us how.
GSN: Did you imagine you would be surfing right up until the day you went into labour?
Corina: Before I got pregnant I was terrified about taking a lot of time out of the water. I never intentionally set out to continue surfing the whole 9 months with my first baby but the truth is I just never felt the need to stop. Now I have two boys and I was still surfing on the day I went into labour with both of them and intend on surfing again with my third one day.
GSN: What problems did you come across while surfing pregnant?
Corina: I would often get asked how I could paddle and lay safely on my belly. I never stopped surfing during my pregnancy. I just adjusted as it grew. It made the transition easier. I carried most of my weight on my knees and chest while paddling with my butt way up in the air. It looked pretty funny.
GSN: What types of boards were you riding? Did you need to change them up during the pregnancy?
Corina: I usually ride a short-board however, standing on a tiny 5’9″ short-board became a bit more challenging as my baby grew. At the 6 months stage I started riding a bigger 6’6″ which was designed for a heavier load.
GSN: Did you find it hard to find the motivation to surf while pregnant?
Corina: It definitely took a lot of determination and will to surf while pregnant as exercising is the last thing most pregnant women feel like doing. I’m so addicted to surfing that it was the best activity for me while pregnant.
All imagery by Ladine Smith during Corina’s first pregnancy.