Just a few notes before we get started. This is MC, my cofounder, and I, Caitlin, talking about our own personal experiences with surfing. It was recorded a while back while MC was still pregnant We consulted our own birth care providers, we tuned into our own bodies, we weighed up the risk for ourselves, and from there we decided what surfing would look like for us during pregnancy. This is an invitation to do the same for yourself if you’re wondering if you can keep up your sport during pregnancy, feel into your body, talk to your birth care provider make the right decision for you because you are the only one who will have to be responsible for the decisions you make. The purpose of this interview is more to just drop into some of the emotional and physical intricacies of surfing, or continuing your chosen sport, while pregnant. We see these pictures of women surfing with their big bellies and maybe idealise the same situation for ourselves but the truth is it’s a lot more complicated than that. You might think you want to surf until the end of your pregnancy but maybe your body is calling you to stop sooner, you might want to surf but the season is too gnarly for your comfort level. You might surprise yourself and surf might be a really positive and helpful thing for you. It’s about being open and curious and accepting for this stage of your life, surfing, or your chosen sport will be different. And that doesn’t mean its bad, it is an opportunity to experience your sport, yourself, this stage of your life in a completely different way.
This is an extension or lets say a taster of our Mama Program; Journey to Motherhood. Which is a complete 360 package designed to support and guide you through pregnancy, birth and early postpartum. You’ll find more interviews like this, informational videos, prenatal and postnatal yoga classes, prenatal and postnatal workouts, a 219 page ebook designed to guide you through the emotional underworld of pregnancy, birth and new motherhood. It is has been a long time in the making, almost a year, and it is finally here. You can find it at https://watch.thesalty.club/products/mama-program, check it out, watch the trailer, see if its something that could serve you.
Photo: Pauline Mathiot