Post # 17
@Hausfrau: But you can just as easily get food posioning at a restaurant in New York City or Chigaco, or Toronto (I’ve had food posioning from restaurants before – I wouldn’t blame that on India).
@barbie86: yeah, none of that would be fun
@ajillity81: @MrsAKSkier: it’s definitely something I’ll have to discuss with my doctor if it does end up being an issue.
Post # 18
I work daily with a team in India, my boss is from India and my co-workers travel to our location in India on a regular basis.
Based on all I have seen, heard and been told my answer would be only in the second trimester would I even consider it. During the third trimester with the possible complications I would not travel to a country like India. The flight alone would be torture! Lovely place and I have always considered going one of these days (Nepal to the north is on my must bucket list) but when I am not pregnant and have my full health and wits about me.
Post # 19
Perfectly fine. I might be biased because my family lives in the Philippines (missionaries/business) and I have lived there twice before. My sister traveled to the Philippines when she was almost 6 months pregnant. Then she took him back when he was 8 months old. I would of course ask your doctor first though. Just drink bottled water and make sure your food is cooked with clean water.
Post # 20
I meant it as an illustration that just because it’s considered an affluent area, doesn’t mean it’s any less risky. I’m just giving you my perspective- I’ve been there 9 times, I’ve gotten sick every single time. Do with that what you will.
Post # 21
my doctor didn’t want me to travel internationally after 27 weeks. i was in london 24-27 weeks then flew back home to mexico at the end of that. so i wouldnt go anywhere internationally after 27 weeks
i must admit i wouldnt go to india pregnant at all though. everyone i know who has been has got sick there – food poisoning, simply due to different bacteria, parasites. and this is whether they’ve done it on a budget or far more high end
Post # 22
I think it depends on how far along you would be. If it’s before the third trimester, I don’t see why you couldn’t travel. Needless to say, I would just be careful about drinking only boiled/bottled water, no sodas, no juices, etc. Oh! No seafood either. I only know to suggest these things, because my family travels to Pakistan quite often. Now, that is a place I wouldn’t go, pregnant or not. Too much civil unrest lately 🙁
Post # 23
I don’t think I would go to India during a pregnancy. I definitely think you could if you needed to but it would not be preferable for me as I think never having been but having traveled extensively in SE Asia, India would be too hard pregnant. I really want to go there, desperately but I know how difficult it is going to be, even not pregnant- the crowds, the lack of public toilet facilities, the high risk of food poisoning, even the beurocracy would be grating as a pregnant woman! Every little thing haha!
Post # 24
Totally agree with @Hausfrau:
You are definitely much more likely to get sick in India than in the U.S. I was just there for the 2nd time two months ago and despite MANY precautions and watching everything I ate, I had tummy issues almost half the time I was there. (3 week visit) My husband (who is from India) was also sick quite a bit despite being careful. I would not go there while pregnant. Getting a bad tummy bug is just not worth the risk for me. When there back in 2009 for our wedding, I was so sick and felt like I was dying at times. I can’t imagine the stress of that on an unborn baby. I personally wouldn’t do it. Plus the long flight or flights is tiring when not pregnant, but I can’t imagine being pregnant traveling that long up in the air. Especially if you have morning sickness!