(Closed) Cruising at 24 weeks pregnant… what do you think?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
188 posts
Blushing bee

@MrsBoomBoom:  I wouldn’t. Normal balance succumbs to sea sickness. with pregnancy balance youll be throwing up on the daily. not to mention your hormones!

And you won’t be able to hot tub or swim because of the risk of infection. yeesh.

Can they rain check you for this time next year?

Post # 4
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would! One of my friends went on a cruise when she was 20 weeks and she said it was paradise – relaxation and lots of food. I went to Puerto Rico at 24 weeks pregnant and had a great time. FWIW my midwives said the whole swimming/infection thing is bunk.

Post # 6
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never been pregnant, but I woudln’t reccomend it. Cruises can be a ton of fun, BUT sea sickness from the boat rocking is really common. I imagine it would be way worse pregnant. That alone would make me not want to do it.

Post # 7
1356 posts
Bumble bee

I can’t say from personal experience. But my aunt went with my family on a cruise while 3 months pregnant and she spent the entire time in her room because she felt so sick. She ended up leaving early. It was a HUGE waste of time, stress and money.

Post # 8
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I went on a cruise when I was 8 weeks pregnant: prime morning sickness time! I got a prescription for Zofran and it was a lifesaver!! I also was sure to wash my hands and use the hand sanitizer that they put out to protect against germs.

Other than that, it was WONDERFUL!!! 8 days of pure relaxation. We had a balcony, so I just sat there and relaxed all day. Not being able to drink was a little bit of a downer, but other than that, great vacation!!

Post # 9
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would have gone, but I was feeling great at 24 weeks. It wasn’t until 38 weeks that I would have said no way to anything.

Post # 10
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

No No and NO. Reason why? 24 weeks is viability. If you go into labor at 24 weeks they can attempt to stop it or if they can not they will attempt to save the life of your baby. That is the reason the cut off is 24 weeks. How awful would you feel to go into labor on the ship and lose your child? They are NOT equipped for that, they could do nothing to help you and nothing to help your child.  That is a major, gigantic risk that I would never in a million years take. Cruise while pregnant. just do so before you get to that very important mark. 

Post # 11
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was researching cruises (and very well might take one at 22 weeks pregnant) and a lot of the time (Princess, Carnival, RC, Noweigan) the cut off was actually 24-1, like not allowed if the LAST day of the cruise is past the first day of week 24.  So, I would just double check your particular cruise line.

Post # 12
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re feeling ok and your doc doesn’t have any concerns then I’d say go. There are ways to counteract nausea and other things that can come along with perganancy that may be on to the 10th power while pregnant. At 21 weeks I feel like crap but if I had the opportunity to leave this weather for a few days of relaxation, change in scenery and MASSAGES then I’d go. My worry would be getting stuck on a ship due to the stories in the news…. pregnant or not.

Post # 13
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mixtapehearts:  This is what I was going to say, a good friend just recently went into labor and had her baby early, around 26 weeks. He is going great now, thanks to lots of medical intervention, but that is not something you’d find on a cruise. I’d definitely want to stay closer to home.

Post # 14
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@tangentialbee:  Just wanted to add that I recently got norovirus on a cruise I took, and it was awful, and about 1/3 of the passengers got it–there’s a reason it’s dubbed the “cruise ship virus,” and it’s bad enough to get it when it’s just you. If there was a risk to your baby from you getting the virus and not being able to keep down food/fluids, that would be terrible. Seems too risky to me. 

Post # 15
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a friend who did an Alaskan cruise at 24 weeks.  She started having cramps when they were in a remote location and required a medivac to a town that had an ultrasound.  Turns out it was just gas…oops but better safe than sorry.  They rejoined the cruise 1 day later and had a great time.  When they got home, the medivac bill came and it was for $35,000.  They had purchased travel insurance so the entire thing was covered.  

Moral of the story, if you decide to go (and it is likely that everything will be fine and you will have a great time) make sure to buy a premium travel insurance plan for the trip!  

Post # 16
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went on a cruise this past winter while 20 weeks pregnant. I had a fantastic time. 

I did experience motion sickness but I’ve been a big puker my whole life so nothing new there!! Pack zofran in case you need it and motion sickness wrist bands. Pack lots of hand sanitizer, buy travel insurance as someone mentioned and have a blast!!

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