A mom-to-be tried to induce labor by getting her wakesurf on
When you are 40 weeks pregnant and there is no sign of impending labor, things can get desperate. Both of my pregnancies went to 42 weeks. I saw chiropractors, stood on my head, massaged acupressure points, ate spicy food, high-marched around my neighborhood like a weirdo — nothing worked. But none of those things were as awesome (or fun) as this mom’s choice.
Kolby Fahlsing of Minneapolis, Minnesota was 40 weeks pregnant and decided maybe donning her swimsuit and going wakesurfing may help speed her labor along. It didn’t, because as anyone who’s ever tried to induce labor naturally knows, your baby comes when it’s damn well ready. But the attempt provided for some awesome video footage.
Well. You know I had to. Maybe wakesurfing will get things going. Old wives tale?! I’m super uncomfortable and my legs hurt like non other. It feels like needles stabbing me all over. The swelling. Headaches. Nausea. Heartburn. And some cramping/contractions started. I make pain look good 💙 I enjoyed a day out on the boat and tried to relax. I’ve been so stressed out lately. #wakesurfing #40weekspregnant #pregnantsurfer #wakesurf #mpls
“Well. You know I had to,” she writes. “Maybe wakesurfing will get things going.”
“Come out little one. We have had our fun but we want to meet you.” She was almost 41 weeks at the time. Forty-one weeks of pregnancy are enough to make anyone serve an eviction notice.
“People confuse wakesurfing with wakeboarding or water-skiing or tubing,” Kolby explained to ABC News. “With wakeboarding you’re going maybe going 25 miles an hour. And wakesurfing you’re going 9 or 10. And it’s behind a wakesurf boat. It’s specially designed to wakesurf. People might not understand that we’re being very safe and you’re going pretty slow and it’s low-impact. If I were to fall, it would be like jumping into the pool.”
As to be expected, the armchair doctors of the internet arrived in the comment section of ABC News’ Facebook post about the story to remind Kolby that she’s a horrible mother who clearly doesn’t care about her baby. Oh, internet. You’re so predictable.
Baby Wilder was born five days later. Clearly the wakesurfing had nothing to do with it, but he will forever have this awesome story and footage of his kick-ass mom.
“He’s pretty amazing. I was told I’d never get pregnant ever and so it’s still pretty surreal,” she said. “He’s got really long hair so he’s my little surfer baby.”