Vacation Activities to Avoid While Pregnant

pregnant woman on vacationWhen you're pregnant, you're protecting not only your own health but also the health of your growing baby. You know how important it is to avoid harmful activities like smoking and drinking, and you try not to eat too much junk food.

Just as it's important to protect your growing baby while you're at home, it's also important to protect your baby when you're on vacation. You don't want to forget about your baby's health just because you're outside your daily routine. Here are a few vacation activities you'll need to avoid while you're pregnant.

1. Riding Amusement Park Rides

Amusement park rides may seem harmless, but they can put a lot of stress on your growing baby. The sudden movements on a ride can cause placental abruption.

Placental abruption is when the placenta separates from the uterine wall. If you experience this condition, you may experience dangerous bleeding. Also, your baby may lose out on needed nutrients and oxygen, which can cause growth problems and birth complications.

2. Going Horseback Riding

A vacation might seem like the perfect time to take a galloping horse ride across the beach or an open field. However, horseback riding isn't a good idea for pregnant women. Horseback riding puts you at risk of falling, which could cause severe problems for your baby and could even cause miscarriage.

3. Sitting in Hot Tubs

Relaxing in a hot tub might seem like a good way to ease pregnancy back pain. However, hot tubs can raise your body temperature—and increased body temperature can increase the risk of birth defects.

Plus, pregnant women are more likely to feel dizzy or pass out while in a hot tub than women who are not pregant.

4. Going on a Cruise

Going on a cruise may seem harmless, but it might be unsafe for pregnant women. If morning sickness has been a problem for you, the constant movement of the ship could make that illness much worse. Plus, be aware that a cruise ship likely won't have the same level of medical care that you'd get on land.

Many cruise lines don't allow pregnant women on board. Other cruise lines allow pregnant women who are at the beginning of their pregnancies. However, a woman in this situation often must bring a note from their doctor saying she is healthy enough to ride.

5. Trying Exotic Foods

If you're visiting an exotic locale, you may want to try some new foods for the first time. But it's best to avoid this while pregnant. You don't know how your body will react to the new foods, and any food-related illness can be dangerous for your baby.

Be aware that some exotic foods and drinks might be likely to harbor harmful organisms. This includes undercooked meat, unpasteurized milk, and drinks that contain unclean tap water. Let your doctor know where you're traveling and ask his or her advice on what you should eat and drink.

6. Getting a Gel Manicure

Vacation time might seem like a great time to treat yourself to a manicure. But be careful: gel polishes contain toxic chemicals that could harm your baby.

If you do get a manicure, avoid polish that contains toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP. Also avoid the UV lamp dryer, which could encourage the formation of cancerous cells.

7. Scuba Diving

Have you always wanted to try scuba diving? If you're pregnant, you should wait for another time.

Scuba diving can cause nitrogen bubbles to form in your baby's blood. Your baby's body does not yet have the ability to filter the nitrogen. As a result, he or she could experience problems in his or her brain, spine, and vital organs. There's even some evidence that scuba diving might cause miscarriage.

8.  Biking

Outdoors enthusiasts might use their vacation as a time to go on long bike rides across new terrain. But you should be cautious about biking if you're in your second or third trimester.

Because of your new baby bump and your subsequent change in body shape, your center of gravity changes while you're pregnant. This might affect your balance and cause you to fall—and falling on a bike can be dangerous while you're pregnant.

9. Using a Tanning Bed

It's natural to want to look attractive while at the beach, but tanning beds are harmful for you and your baby. Tanning beds can increase your risk of melanoma. Unfortunately, melanoma can spread to your placenta and harm your baby.

Tanning beds also carry the same problem as hot tubs: they can raise your body temperature, an effect that can endanger your growing baby.

Although there are some things you can't do on vacation while pregnant, there are many things you can do. You can still tour different locations, swim, eat out, and create memories.

As you head out on vacation, remember these tips so you can protect you and your baby's health. Keep reading the blog at A Child's Dream for more pregnancy health tips.