Kolby Fahlsing is getting plenty of love on social media for proving that being 40 weeks pregnant doesn't stop you from wake surfing.
After hanging up her board when getting pregnant through IVF, the Lino Lakes resident just couldn't give up the hobby she loves so much for the full term.
So after taking a break during the formative stages of the pregnancy, when physical activity is limited to ensure the baby's safety, she headed back out onto the lakes and documented her experiences on social media, getting tens of thousands of views on the videos and pictures she posted on Instagram.
In the blog on her website, the owner of Flutter Bridal Boutique said she has "grown up on a boat," having been raised alongside the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa.
So when she had to put her board away when finding out she was pregnant, she told KARE 11 she cried. But later in the term, she was itching to get back on the board and spoke to her doctor about what she could do safely.
"He did tell me, I don't care if you do that, but don't do 360s and fire hydrants. So, he's like, as long as you aren't doing tricks and putting yourself at risk to fall, then I think as long as you go out and coast, you're fine," she told the TV station.
On her blog, she wrote: "I’m being as safe as I can and loving my baby so much. I would never do anything to put myself or our very expensive IVF baby at risk. I’m just doing something that makes me happy."
"Wake surfing is something I enjoy. This is a place that I de stress. This is something that is fun and gives me a little bit of a workout. I don’t really like to work out, so this is the closest I come to getting that 'runners high.'"
Five days after posting her last wake surfing video (above), Fahlsing gave birth to her son, Wilder.
Wake surfing – by the way – is riding a surfboard behind the wake of a boat, without actually being directly pulled by the boat. A participant generally holds on to a tow rope to get up to speed initially, before letting go and riding the waves.
Fahlsing and her husband went down the IVF route because she is a sufferer of Gonadal Dysgenesis Type XX, which, she writes, means she was born without ovaries, fallopian tubes, or eggs.
It means that IVF, surrogacy or adoption were the only options for them to have a child, and the two were successful with IVF treatment through the Center for Reproductive Medicine.