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Babymoon: Tips for Cruising While Pregnant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgTlYhhUFTY&list=UUSrRhaLF470czM9J3H-IE6w&index=1

Last summer, when I was five months pregnant, my husband and I took an Eastern Caribbean cruise as our “Babymoon” and last hoorah before the baby came along.  We had such an amazing time and it was probably one of the best trips we’ve ever taken. Our days consisted of just lounging by the pool, going to the beach and just relaxing reading a good book. Here are a few tips I picked up along the way.

ps. here’s a home video I did of my cruise I thought you’d enjoy.

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  • Sea Sickness 1 of 7
    Sea Sickness
    I was very lucky to not have experienced morning sickness throughout my pregnancy, so wasn't too worried about getting sea sick on the cruise. But I've heard these sea-bands are amazing and help with seasickness. They are also safe for pregnant women.
  • Check the Cruise Policy 2 of 7
    Check the 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.
  • Stay Hydrated 3 of 7
    Stay Hydrated
    Staying hydrated is very important while you're cruising, especially since you spend most of your time in the sun. Instead of a soda package, I opted for a water package, which was delivered right to my stateroom. Most cruise lines offer this. You can also pick the quantity and bottle size.
  • Excursions 4 of 7
    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 port call 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 5 of 7
    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, 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.
  • Stay Away from Street Vendors 6 of 7
    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.
  • Enjoy! 7 of 7
    Enjoy!
    Overall, just plan on having a great time. I had so much fun enjoying the company of my husband and not worrying about a thing.

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