5 Tips for Cruising with a Bump!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

At 23 weeks pregnant, my entire family, husband, and I went on a Carnival Cruise. Our cruise left Jacksonville, Florida and made two stops: Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas (we didn't actually stop in Half Moon Cay because of choppy waters). Carnival Cruises will only allow women who are pregnant to cruise before 24 weeks, luckily I flipped to 24 weeks the day we returned to Jacksonville. The cruise ship we were on was the Carnival Elation and this was our first cruise! Here are my tips:

1. Listen to your body. I think I took at least a 2 hour nap every day we were on the cruise. We did a lot of walking (almost 4 miles a day) and spent quite a bit of time in the sun so resting was much needed. I also found myself not sleeping very well due to the movement of the boat so it was imperative that I got a nap.

2. Stay Hydrated! I highly recommend taking your own reusable water bottle with you on the cruise. I did not, even though it was on my list, and ended up buying one from Carnival. The water bottle was totally worth the money because it beat going back to the buffet for a glass of water every 20 minutes.

3. Be Prepared for Smoke. Maybe this is common knowledge, but cruises allow smoking in their casinos and certain bars- such a bummer! The way our cruise was laid out, you had to walk through the casino and smoking bar in order to get to the comedy club as well as the dance club. I unfortunately had to miss out on most of the karaoke bar and dance club time because of the heavy smoking. If we cruise again, I will definitely do my research on the smoking areas. I'd prefer a non-smoking cruise but I'm not sure if that is even an option.

4. Order 2 Desserts! One of our favorite things about the cruise was the dinners every night. We loved sitting down as a family and enjoying a delicious meal. One of the best things about Carnival cruises is that you can order as many options from the menu as you would like. I took advantage of this and probably ate 2 desserts every night. Treat Yourself!

5. Take Advantage of Alone Time. I made the decision to not get off the cruise ship in the Bahamas. My midwife told me that the chances of catching Zika were low, but I knew I would not be able to participate in most of the excursions. My family chose to do a snorkeling excursion which did not allow women who were pregnant so I decided to take advantage of the alone time. I went to the spa and had a wonderful pedicure, enjoyed an empty buffet, and relaxed on the quiet adults only deck!

Cruising while pregnant is still fun! I recommend only doing so if you are cleared by your midwife or doctor, which Carnival requires. I would also do your research - if it was just going to be my husband and I, I probably would've chosen a cruise that didn't go to "zika areas." But most importantly - have fun!


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