Post # 1
DH and I have been talking about trying for a baby this year. I went off birth control in January, but we are still using other forms of contraception for the moment The thing is, we have a Mediterranean cruise booked for early September. We are worried that it might not be so fun for me to be pregnant on the cruise, so we’re debating holding off pulling the goalie until the trip- maybe stop preventing while on the ship. However, I’m a bit anxious because I’m already 31 and have no idea if we’ll conceive easily or if we will struggle, so part of me would really rather not wait much longer. Would you recommend we take the chance or hold off?
Post # 3
Well, I generally don’t believe in putting off life and you never know how long it is going to take. However, I have been on a few cruises and even though I was practically raised boating and in water (from Michigan), I have had insane bouts of sea sickness on cruise ships! I cannot imagine doing that pregnant although I have to admit I’ve never been pregnant.
I’d also be worried about the food. Food poisoning on those things is fairly common. (Hot weather + buffets + largely unregulated food storage = recipe for disaster).
That’s tough… Honestly, I’d probably just TTC and see how I felt pregnant. I hear some ladies have those magic non-sick kind. Maybe you’ll be one of them! If, however, you end up sick or having problems, canceling would suck but no one is going to force you to get on the boat. I’d hate for you to put it off and then have problems.
Post # 4
I think I would ttc before hand and see what happens…but I’m the risk-taking “well if iit’s meant to be….” kind of person…
It also depends on the cruise, if it’s a big ship they don’t move much and sea sickness is pretty rare. Then again if you do fall pregnant now you might be exactly in the morning sickness trimester….it’s a tough one. All I know is that I am not changing any plans around ttc, we are going to Barcelona in June, I might be sick too I suppose but I’m not worried!
goodluck! and keep us posted!
Post # 5
I too beleive, there will never be a perfect time, and convinence just isn’t part of real life for the most part…but I feel you not wanting to be barfing on a boat =) September will be here before you know it, I would say if you decide to put it off until after the trip, you need to make a deal with yourself not to leet anything else get int he way of your plans, because trust me,s omething will always come up that makes you feel like you should wait.
Personally, I would not wait any longer…Id be happy to cancel my trip if I was pregnant and nauseated, I’d just be to happy to care! lol. But like I said, what’s a few more months. Just don’t let it drag out too long.
Post # 6
If you were to get pregnant this minute… you’d be at aprox 22 to 24 Weeks mid September… which would put you into your 2nd Trimester, which is a lot easier than the 1st or the last.
Flying to Europe will also have to be taken into consideration.
Seasickness will be the worst if it is on-top of Morning Sickness in your first Trimester.
Third Trimester, and you might be tired out more… and not be up to all the walking that these cruise stops offer / demand
Second Trimester would be best for travel… this is based on my own experiences having been a Mom-in-waiting (albeit a long time ago) and the fact that I am an avid Cruisier
(Where are you sailing out of ? That too can make a difference… Southampton, UK across the channel to the Med is a lot rougher than already being in the Med… such as out of Spain or Italy)
I wouldn’t worry too much about food safety… especially if you are cruising on a BIG Name Cruise Line (WHO are you going with)
BUT I might be a tad more concerned about the possibility of a norovirus outbreak if I was pregnant (your immune system will be compromised)
All things to consider,
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
As someone who is 8 weeks pregnant at the moment, there’s almost nothing that sounds worse than going on a cruise to me right now. Sea sickness + morning sickness + smell/food aversions. No thank you!
Post # 8
PS… As a Hockey Nut it took me a minute to understand what you were referring to when you said “Pulling the Goalie”.
Obviously that phrase has 2 seperate meanings…
To you it meant “stopping BC” (which makes sense in terms of how you’d be leaving the GOAL unprotected)
BUT up here in Canada…. the phrase means masturbating… as in a guy masturbating.
So naturally I was a tad confused when I read your post.
Lol. Gotta love regionalisms.
Post # 9
I think you shouldn’t put your life on hold just because of the cruise. I would TTC anyway, who know if you can get pregnant before you get the cruise?
Besides, if it’s a cruise ship, I think the sickness will be tolerable. Good luck 🙂
Post # 10
I saw a similiar question on another post and apparently there are rules on cruise ships that you can’t cruise past 24 weeks. Something to check! I was nauseaed during the first trimester but I would still have enjoyed the cruise, just at a slower pace. Dramamine helps with morning sickness and sea sickness 🙂 Just buy trip insurance (medical especially) and have a great time!
Post # 11
@AngieBelle: I was on a cruise last year for my honeymoon and I met a lady who was on second trmester and she told me she was fine, however, she said that she woundnt recommend cruising while on your 1st or last trimester. GL
Post # 12
It will be a big ship- we are going on a Disney cruise out of Barcelona. I have cruised before and at least have never had issues with normal seasickness sickness.
I was the one who begged us to do this trip- I’d sure hate to have to cancel! It’s hard to know what to do when you don’t know what your body will do, that’s for sure.
Post # 13
I would check the cancellation policy and/or get travel insurance. I don’t think you should put off life because who knows how long it’ll take to get the BFP. On average, it takes about 4-6 months to get the BFP. You may also luck out and be one of those women that don’t get PG symptoms in the 1st trimester.
That said, I’m nearing the end of the home stretch of my 1st trimester and between the nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and sinus problems, I wouldn’t do any major travelling. It’s an adventure just getting my errands completed on weekends!