There's nothing quite like being able to kick back, relax and unwind, especially as you enter the final months of your pregnancy. As your stomach expands and you have more weight to carry, you're going to find yourself aching for more rest. However, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that you may not be able to get any onboard a cruise.
Bryan and Fola Nelson recently told their vacation story to the news source, claiming that the Carnival cruise line would not let them on board because Fola was more than 25 weeks pregnant. Bryan Nelson specified that his wife was 10 days over the limit, and although she received her doctor's approval, the company prohibited them from embarking on their vacation.
Carnival's policy on pregnancies is not uncommon. Many airlines enforce similar rules for the health of the expectant woman and her unborn child. In the event that the individual goes in to labor, there may not be suitable resources to handle the delivery. These policies can help ensure the well-being of both mother and baby.
Can I travel while expecting?
Just because the Nelsons had trouble vacationing doesn't mean that you need to cancel the cruise, or other vacation plans, you have booked - it's simply a reminder that you need to do your homework before traveling. As a rule of thumb, you should always check with your airline or cruise line to find out what their policy is on pregnant women. This can help you avoid planning a trip that you may not be able to go on and avoid the situation that the Nelsons faced. Finally, make sure you're aware of the changes to your body that will come in the second and third trimesters. For instance, you may want to reserve a plane seat closer to the restroom!
How have you traveled while pregnant in the past? Do you have any tips on how to vacation during your pregnancy calendar? Leave your tips in the comments section!