Is taking a vacation to Mexico while pregnant safe?

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.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.