I made it! I feel like when you get the right answer on a math test: the values go in, the formula gets worked out, and poof you get the right answer. Before I got pregnant, I was healthy, in shape and active, and amazingly here I am again.
I was told this is the trick, and I believed them for the most part, but a small part of me was afraid that after I got pregnant, my active life would be over. I can speak from experience that this has not happened.
Four weeks after delivery, I was able to work out in a gym, and six weeks later get back into freestyle windsurfing. I skied all winter and now am really looking forward to a full windsurfing season!
The hardest part about doing sports and having a newborn is sleep deprivation. But that is where your partner comes in. Naps, which I normally would never take, are my new best friend (besides my husband). And breastfeeding is a sure way of shedding the few pounds of extra fat that accumulates during pregnancy.
My goal is to compete in a Professional Windsurfing Association competition in Bonaire in June. Showing up with my new baby and my husband, and competing (for fun) will be a dream come true.
Off to take a nap …
Zoe Najim is a Girls4Sport windsurfer who divides her time between Breckenridge, Colorado and Hood River, Oregon. Read more of her posts and others by Girls4Sport team riders here.