Post # 1
I’m at the very tail end of my TWW and should test this weekend to be sure.
So, IF (and I realize that this is a big IF), I do happen to be pregnant…
I have a cruise planned as a mini family reunion in May and we are planning on a dolphin encounter excursions. This is not a swim with the dolphins, but rather you stand on the platform and they come up to you so you can pet them or whatever.
The website says that pregnant women aren’t allowed to participate. I can understand if you’re very pregnant, you wouldn’t want a dolphin to knock your belly, but I would be, at most, 8 weeks pregnant.
I definitely don’t want to anything to harm the baby and will sit on the sidelines with my 80 year-old grandmother if I have to, but I do think this would be really fun.
Anyone know why I wouldn’t be able to participate?
Post # 2
smiles4jo: I think you should be able to participate, I don’t see any problems. At 8 weeks your uterus is still entirely inside your pelvis and baby is very well protected.
I wonder if they only put that as some type of legal protection (as they put on most vitamins, etc), but it only makes sense (maybe) if you’re super pregnant. I’m 40 weeks pregnant and I would be fine standing on a platform petting dolphins…the only thing I could think of is not wanting to bend over or squat that long 🙂
Post # 3
If you’re not actually in the water with them, I can’t see the harm in it. But it is thought that dolphins can sense when a women is pregnant. Even early on. In the water, it is thought that they use their sonar to take a picture of your body and get “excited” when a women is pregnant. They can actually see the fetus. They get very curious about it and can get aggressive by bumping around and what not.
So besides helping exploit these animals by participating, I don’t see the harm if you’re just standing around outside of the water. I definitely wouldn’t get in the water though.
Post # 4
Sounds like it is just a liability issue. I would just lie, it’s none of their business what’s happening in your uterus anyway.
Post # 5
I would definitely still participate. Dolphin trainers work with the animals all the time during pregnancy. Bonus fun fact, the dolphins can tell you’re pregnant 🙂
Post # 6
Agreed-liability. God forbid something happened to a 35 week pregnant lady on their thing petting wild animals–they’d get sued out the wazoo. Same reason roller coasters say no preggies allowed (though I can see the risk in that) they have to put up the sign just in case, even though the lady should know. That early no one will know anyway so don’t tell them!
lolita39: 😉 I see what you did there.
Post # 7
smiles4jo: The only reason they would say “no” is because dolphins can use their echolocation to detect you are pregnant and that might trigger excitement. Since you aren’t getting in the water, I would think its less of a risk, but dolphins aren’t always the most passive of animals and they may try to “bump” you etc. We had a family friend who was preggo (farther than you would be though… I think 5 months) but not showing and she said that she went to see the dolphins and they put her in a shallow sort of pool where she could pet them. the dolphin kept shoving at her stomach. HARD. she was ok but she said she was surprised they did that. Apparently it was a male so I dont know if that changes anything.
So its up to you, but I think so long as you’re NOT getting in the water, you should be ok. The company says that to save their own skins, but just keep in mind that info.
Post # 8
They won’t even know you’re pregnant. I would 100% do this especially if you are just standing on the side. Their concern is probably with women who are further along and showing and possibly falling considering it’s slippery and the dolphins are animals so they can’t be controlled etc… If you aren’t sure you are PG yet, then by the time you go the baby will still be a Tiiiiiiiny little fetus protected in a world full of fluid.
Post # 9
Doesn’t seem like a risk to me, but I’d check with your doctor first to get the okay.
Post # 10
If you happen to be going to the Bahamas and doing the encounter there, you will be in the water, standing on a platform. So, you will be submerged up to your chest, just not floating. We did the same encounter a few years ago. The dolphin will swim up to you, do high-fives, kiss, hug, feed them a fish, pose for photos, etc.
I wouldn’t do it, based on the fact that there is a lot of movement, and you are standing on a platform with 5-7 other people in a sort of confined space. I’d hate for the animal to get excited around you and cause a problem for you or for anyone else in the group. Why risk it?
Post # 11
smiles4jo: The dolphins can sense that you are pregnant and can actually hear or sense the babies HB. They can become agitated, upset or excited. I wouldn’t do it while pregnant. There is a reason they tell you not to.
Post # 12
Liability issues for if something was to happen. I actually couldn’t find much evidence of anything else- everything is worded with “may” or “think” or “seem.” That isn’t “is” or “know” or “will.” I can’t even find a single story about someone miscarrying while swimming with dolphins. That could just be a probability thing (ie not a lot of pregnant women swim with dolphins so the likelihood of it happening is low), or it could be a myth.
I would ask your doctor.
Post # 13
Huh I had no idea dolphins could tell when someone was pregnant! I’m curious to go read about it now. If you are in the water I might be more cautious or reconsider (definitely wouldn’t do that at 40 weeks!)…BUT being 8 weeks pregnant I don’t think they could do anything that would harm you since your uterus is protected by your pelvic bone. Definitely ask your doctor.
Post # 14
I would do it. I think thye probably say that for liability issues, not because there is any actual risk to the fetus. If there’s an exit from this platform, I’d place yourself closest to the exit so that you can exit quickly should the dolphin get overly excited. Also, if you have family with you, they can step in front of you if things were to get out of hand, which I doubt they will!
Post # 15
Personally I would pass on swimming with dolphins, but this is because I’ve had a miscarriage before and would not want to risk doing anything at all that might cause a problem. And if God forbid something happened, would you blame yourself? If yes, don’t go. If no, then go if you feel up for it.