We’ve been talking a lot about the perks of cruise vacations here on Babble — specifically and not-specifically for pregnant women. We’ve talked about where to go, why to go, what to bring, and what to see.
And although a cruise can be the perfect vacation for a pregnant woman who wants plenty of food and plenty of amenities at her doorstep, there’s also very specific things that pregnant women should know before booking a trip:
1. Check the cruise’s pregnancy policy
Cruises have cut-off limits for how far along in your pregnancy you can be, typically around the third trimester. For instance Norwegian Cruise Line requires pregnant passengers to be off the boat by their 24th week. That still gives you a good 6-month window to cruise, but it requires some planning ahead.
2. Get a green light from your doctor and insurance company
Norwegian also requires a medical certificate emailed over to them indicating your due date. Regardless of your cruise ship’s policy, it’s a good idea to have it on hand before boarding — just in case you get questioned. Get that taken care of before you book.
Your doctor might squash your cruise plans if you have a history of preterm delivery or if you’re carrying multiple babies. If you’re all set to go, also check with your insurance company to make sure you’re covered in case of an emergency on board or at port.
3. Make sure a doctor is on board
The bigger cruise lines typically have a doctor and nurse on hand in case of an emergency, but some smaller ships might not. Check.
4. Being at sea doesn’t help morning sickness
If you’re suffering from a bad case of long-lasting morning sickness, a cruise might not be the smartest idea for you. While being pregnant won’t necessarily cause you to be seasick, it won’t help if you’re already feeling queasy on stable ground. And the last thing you want is a vacation of vomiting — especially during your pregnancy.
If you’re on the fence, talk to your doctor about safe seasickness medicine (like Sea-Bands) and book a cabin in the middle of the boat. The bigger the boat the better!
5. Check the excursions
Off-roading in Alaska? Snorkeling in St. Maarten? Zip-lining in Mexico? Plan your trip where you won’t be tempted with extensive walking tours and high-activity excursions.
Have you ever been on a cruise while pregnant? Any tips to share?
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