Safe Boating While You’re Pregnant

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy some waves. In fact, a nice ride on the lake might prove just what you need to get away for a little while and relax. A Saturday afternoon with the family spent boating can be both soothing and enjoyable.

That said, there are some specific things you’re going to keep in mind if you want to be safe and health when boating while you’re pregnant:

  • Avoid any boating-related activity that would allow your abdomen to get hit. Water skiing is, generally speaking, out of the question, as is tubing. A leisurely ride on a pontoon boat or even a Caribbean cruise doesn’t present the kinds of dangers you need to worry about.
  • Use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Swimming can be more difficult when you’re pregnant, and some women are much more prone to vertigo while they’re pregnant, as well. If you do fall in the water, you should have a life jacket or other PFD.
  • Watch out for motion sickness. The fact of the matter is that some women are more prone to motion sickness, sea sickness or general feelings of nausea when they’re pregnant. If you fall into that category, make sure you “test the waters” a little bit before you go out for the day. In a worst case scenario, you might be able to bring along some ginger tea in order to calm your queasiness.
  • If you’re going on a cruise, make sure you know the cruise line’s policies in regard to pregnancy. Many cruise lines won’t accept passengers that are beyond about the 24th week of pregnancy. There’s no need to make yourself the basis for a very special episode of the newest reincarnation of “the Love Boat,” now is there?
  • Make sure to talk to your doctor before you spend too much time boating. You may have other health concerns that should impact whether or not you spend any time boating while you’re pregnant.

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