There’s nothing quite as exciting as having a bun in the oven. However it does mean that women have to be a little more careful and considerate about their actions. Holidays are often a key source of confusion, with many ladies wondering whether or not it’s safe to head off on a getaway with a little one on the way. When it comes to cruising, the lines can be even blurrier! Which is why we’ve put together a handy guide explaining whether or not it’s possible to cruise while pregnant. We’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know, as well as some handy tips that will help keep mum and bub safe, comfortable and relaxed throughout the voyage.
Can I cruise?
The simple answer to this question is yes! At least in general. In fact, going on a cruise while knocked up can be an incredibly relaxing experience. The fresh air is fantastic for the soul while the attentive staff and luxurious amenities will have ladies feeling fabulous.
Check with your chosen cruise line
At the end of the day all cruise lines have their own individual policies when it comes to carrying pregnant passengers. Before booking anything, check with your line or agent to confirm that they’re happy to take you on.
Visit your doctor
One of the first things to do before booking a cruise is visiting your doctor and getting the all clear. They’ll give you a thorough examination and issue you with a ‘fit to travel’ note which will state how far along you are, your due date and any medical conditions you should be aware of. Your cruise line may also request this. It will also give you the peace of mind that your holiday should be smooth sailing from start to finish.
When are you due?
As a general rule of thumb most cruise lines will refuse to carry any passenger who is in their 24th stage of pregnancy, or later. This is because there is a much higher chance of encountering medical issues and problems that the on-bard medical teams and facilities simply aren’t equipped to deal with.
Choose your destination wisely
When pregnant it’s always a good idea to choose your cruise destinations wisely. Rather than head to exotic destinations where water quality is low, the risk of food poisoning is high and medical facilities are subpar, choose more Westernised places such as the USA, Europe and Australia.
Don’t forget medical insurance
Travel insurance is essential for any cruiser, however it’s even more important for pregnant women. It will offer you total support should you encounter any issues while at sea, or in port.
Combat sea (or morning) sickness
Morning sickness can be awful at the best of times. When combined with sea sickness, the experience can be unbearable! For the most comfortable cruise possible request a cabin in the centre of the boat, preferably with a window. And remember, the larger the ship, the more stable the ride.
Nourish yourself and your bub with clean, healthy meals that are packed full of nutrients and vitamins. Most cruise ships offer at least on healthy eating dining venue which will likely serve up wraps, smoothies, salads and other all-natural delights. Got cravings? Pregnancy gives a whole new meaning to the convenience of 24/7 room service!
Pregnancy isn’t easy and cruising is a great chance to relax, unwind and pamper yourself. High end ships offer some seriously luxurious day spas, with massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and other beauty treatments in abundance. Our personal favourites for mums to be are Celebrity’s Canyon Ranch SpaClub facilities and Costa’s Samsara Spa!
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