Tara George curling for two

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

In a couple of months, hurry hard may have a totally different meaning to Tara George.

It's an expression she hears quite often these days. She's playing third on Ontario's Krista Scharf rink at the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

But some time in May, that expression may come from the mouth of a delivery nurse as George gives birth to her second child.

George is seven months pregnant and competing at the Hearts. She's not just a bystander throwing third stones. She's doing all the sweeping a third normally does. It's a remarkable site to see. George is right in sync with her partner, carrying the extra load and working the ice. She may not be as quick as normal, but she shows no signs of having to slow down.

Her delivery of the rock -- the other delivery will come later -- is as streamlined as it can be.

"I think the sweeping is helping the pregnancy," said George just after her Ontario team handed B.C. its second loss of the tournament yesterday afternoon. "They say exercise is good. You get used to it. I've been curling pregnant for seven months, throwing rocks, so you just get used to it."

George, 32, says she's had no problems, although she fell once, early in the pregnancy.

She got pregnant just after this team was formed. While she had no problems when her daughter Mykaila was born 16 months ago, she knows that many things can happen during a pregnancy (such as an early delivery).

"Every time we play, we've been bringing our fifth player along," said George. "But there's been no problems. This pregnancy is easier than my first one. But unless we move on, I think this will be it for curling this year."

Moving on would mean playing in the world championships almost three weeks from now.

"We'd have to think about that," she said.

George knows she's carrying a boy and has been encouraged to call him Scottie, named after the Tournament of Hearts mascot.

Not surprisingly, George is pretty well done in after two-a-day draws.

"I haven't been out to the HeartStop Lounge yet," she said. "After the evening draw, it's pretty much to bed for me."

Shee hasn't suffered morning sickness or any of the other stuff associated with pregnancy. But given the rather physical aspect of her pastime, she can't eat any big meals before playing.

"If I do, I'll be cleaning the rocks," she said.


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