Cruising While Pregnant: Safety Tips and Other Advice
Cruising while pregnant is a very common concern among expectant moms. If you’re pregnant and not sure if it is safe to go on your family cruise vacation, consider the tips included below to help make an informed decision.
Know the Cruise Line’s Policy on Cruising While Pregnant
Cruise lines are not equipped with the staff or medical facilities to handle certain medical emergencies like childbirth. So naturally, there are pregnancy policies in place that prevents pregnant women past a certain trimester from cruising. Before you begin making plans, check with your cruise line to find out its policy on cruising while pregnant. For example, Royal Caribbean will not allow guests who have entered their 24th week in pregnancy. RCL also requires expectant moms to get a physician’s clearance note:
- confirming how far along you will be at the beginning of the cruise
- confirming you are in good health and fit to travel
- confirming you are not a high-risk pregnancy
Get Travel Medical Insurance
Your health insurance policy may not cover all of your medical expenses in the event that you have medical complications while on board the cruise ship or at any ports of call. Purchase travel insurance that covers your medical care to minimize your financial risks. Supplementing your health insurance can help take care of additional expenses like your deductible and other out-of-pocket costs. Most cruise lines offer this insurance for an additional fee.
Eat Well and Rest
Stick with your normal pregnancy diet, which requires most moms to stay away from:
- raw and undercooked meats
- unpasteurized dairy foods
- hot dogs and luncheon meats
- seafood and fish that contains a high amount of mercury like swordfish and king mackerel
Don’t over exert yourself trying to keep up with the rest of the family. Rest when you feel tired, don’t participate in strenuous excursion activities, and allow your family and the cruise staff fuss over you.