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17/03/2015 at 11:41
We've just heard about Bethany Hamilton, the US pro surfer who had her arm bitten off by a shark in 2003. Bethany's 26 weeks pregnant (see our pic below) and still riding those waves.
She says she's carrying on surfing while pregnant – with modified moves – to keep herself fit for the birth. "Giving birth may be one of the most physical events a woman goes through, so being active and keeping muscles alive and ready is what I believe we need to do," she told the FitBump360 site.
But US doctors have criticised her for continuing with such a dangerous sport while pregnant. They point to expert guidelines saying pregnant women should avoid "activities with a high risk of falling or those with a high risk of abdominal trauma".
So, what do you think?
Is Bethany foolish to risk injury to her baby by carrying on surfing? Or, as she's modified her training to take her pregnancy into account, do you admire her for having the guts to carry on?
Please do let us know by posting on this thread!
17/03/2015 at 14:17
Considering the risks and the fact that so many people struggle to conceive and have healthy pregnancies I think it's a bit silly. I understand the need to keep fit but there are far more less extreme ways to do it. What happens if she gets caught out by a wave and the surf board hits her stomach hard? It's too late then to have regrets. I don't really know a lot about surfing so maybe it can be done in a safe way but I personally don't see how. Think it's a bit unfair to all those that do everything they can to keep their unborn babies safe and still end up in a miscarriage Through no fault of their own. Priorities should change the moment you find out you are expecting.
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