Stand Up Paddleboarding {SUP} at 30 Weeks Pregnant

During this past week at the beach I took my dad Stand Up Paddle boarding! This was a birthday treat for my dad as he has been saying he wanted to try it out for the longest time. So I decided that at just shy of 30 weeks pregnant, now was a great time to go! Ha!bump

This was not my first time SUPing. I had done it a few years back, and pretty much killed it by crushing a headstand on the board during a SUP yoga class.

Yes, I am that awesome. And yes, I am still pretty proud of that skill.

{even more proud that it was documents for all of eternity!}

coastal kayak

We tried out Coastal Kayak, which is a company based in Fenwick Island, DE. We met our guide in the Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area for our guided tour. And since we were down before the holiday weekend {my parents are living down the beach this summer + Brooks and I came down early} we scored a private guided tour, which was pretty sweet.


My dad was pretty nervous about having me do SUP with him, because of the whole baby belly thing. I was completely comfortable about it from the get-go, because I had done it before and sort of knew what to expect, but he made me call my doctor and get the go-ahead from her.

My doctor gave me her blessing, with the suggestion that if I was going to fall, to fall into the water. She did mention that if I did fall on the board or hit something hard I would have to go into the hospital to be checked out because I am in my third trimester and we need to make sure baby is good-to-go.

big board

For me, I felt completely comfortable going out on the water. I haven’t had any balance issues, even with my growing belly, and having done this before, I was completely confident in my abilities. If I was the least bit worried or concerned, I would never put my baby or my self at risk – but I felt really good about it, I think it’s about knowing your own body and being smart about your choices during pregnancy, but not having to give up on having fun or living your life.

on the bay

I borrowed my mom’s fancy water shoes, which I am sort of now obsessed with and might steal from her {shh! don’t tell!} and we were ready to hit the water.


For me, it was like riding a bike. I did a little glide out on the water, one foot up, second foot up, look to the horizon and stand. Easy Peasy.

water bump

Took my dad a few minutes to get used to the feeling, but he got up, got his balance and away we went!


We explored the Bay area, checked out some Eagles Nests and sort of enjoyed the calm water we were blessed with that day. The only bad part of our tour was our uninvited guests – JELLYFISH!

These little suckers were everywhere, but you could only see them with polarized glasses on. Luckily, I was wearing my favorites {seriously, this brand is amazing!} so I could see them, but that was the bad part – I could see them.

They weren’t big, but there were a lot of them.

Enough to make sure I seriously stayed on my board, because getting stung by a jellyfish would have been no fun at all.

bay water
Luckily we all stayed on a boards and enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll along the bay getting our SUP on.

And we pretty much timed the entire thing perfectly because within 5 minutes of us ending our tour, the sky opened up with a MASSIVE thunderstorm and it rained for hours that day! 
oars up

All in all, it was a fabulous morning on the water. It was fun to hang out with my dad and I had a blast getting my SUP on. I totally want to do it again soon.

Maybe without the baby bump. Definitely without the jellyfish.



What’s the craziest thing you’ve done while pregnant or want to do when you are pregnant?

Please share!


oar selfie

Oh! And we ended our SUP Date with a trip to Juice Box for some green juice! Yum! If you are in the Bethany Beach area, you totally have to check this place out! So good!

green juice

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  • Reply K July 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    How hard was it to use the SUP your first time? I saw people doing it while on vacation, and everyone made it look EASY. But I was worried it was user bias — those talented enough to use it, did. The rest of us? Stayed on shore!

    • Reply Leslie July 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      K – it was pretty easy the first time! It’s all about balance but once you get up, its easier than sitting or being on your knees and I think you have a little more control! I really enjoyed it! Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Reply Sandy July 5, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hello! Your post of doing SUP meant a lot to me as so many people told me to stop doing SUP after I got pregnant. I just have one question – do you have any tips on climbing back on the board if you fall into the water? It happened to me last week (31 week pregnant) and I had to go back to the shore to climb back on the board. Just a bit worried what if I fall in the middle of nowhere. Thanks!

    • Reply Leslie July 9, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Hey! Thanks so much – glad you liked it! I never fell off so I didn’t have any experience climbing back on. I imagine it would be hard though!

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