When I was 5 months pregnant, my husband and I decided to go on a cruise. It was so laid back and I loved the idea about practically waking up in a new destination every day. With summer right around the corner, here are a few tips you might want to consider before going on a cruise while pregnant.
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Sea Sickness: I was very fortunate to not have experienced morning sickness throughout my pregnancy, but I’ve heard sea-bands are amazing and help with seasickness. They are also safe for pregnant women. Check Cruise Policy: Each cruise line has different policies, so be sure to check on that before you book your cruise. Most cruise lines don’t allow pregnant women to travel past 25 weeks, in case you might go into early labor. Also be sure to check-in with your doctor to make sure you are cleared for traveling.
Excursions: My husband and I are not one to shy away from excursions; we’ve done everything from swimming with sharks to parasailing to hiking waterfalls. This time around, we decided to take it easy. Instead we booked a couple of excursions, which included trips to the beach. For example, on one of our port calls in St. Marteen we went to Orient Beach. It was about a 20-minute cab ride, and was absolutely beautiful. We grabbed lunch in the town and then headed back to the ship.
Take Naps: At first I thought I was being a bit of a party pooper by taking naps during the day, but let me tell you, it’s so worth it. After a quick 25-minute nap, I felt refreshed and was ready to enjoy our evening and the entertainment on the ship. Now that I’m a mom, it’s so true what people say about getting all the sleep you can. I wished I would have napped more!
Stay Away from Street Vendors: Don’t get me wrong; I love street vendors and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. But when you’re pregnant, it’s best not to be too adventurous. Instead, look for well-established restaurants or stick to eating on the ship, which typically have a higher standard of food quality and preparation.