Is taking a vacation to Mexico while pregnant safe?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hello, I am currently 22 weeks pregnant. I have a vacation to Cabo Mexico planned for the end of March. I will be 28 weeks pregnant by the time I leave.

I am concerned about getting sick from the food/water. I plan on only drinking bottled water, and watching the foods I eat, but what if I still get sick? Could this type of sickness harm my baby? I wasn't sure if it was one of those things that would just bother me and not the baby.

I would rather be safe than sorry, but at the same time I don't want to throw away a vacation if it is not necessary. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

ANSWER

If you were to get a serious case of traveler's diarrhea, you could end up in a Mexican hospital and/or risk preterm labor.

Hopefully you are going to a hotel with U.S. food standards, and I'd suggest eating only at such places if you do decide to go.

The things we do to protect our children!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.