Are you an avid boater? Or a person who enjoys adventurous activities, in fact need such activities to relax and stay happy? Being pregnant does not mean you to have let go of that adrenalin rush. You must be wondering, ‘But is it safe to go boating while pregnant?’ We are here to answer your query.
The answer is YES. It is by all means safe to go boating while pregnant. But you should be careful. You will need to be picky about certain things. And safety becomes more important now as there are two lives at stake. Wherever you go, the baby growing in your belly will go with you. Read on to know how you can enjoy a safe boating trip while pregnant.
Choose your timing
The best time for it to be safe to go boating while pregnant is in the first trimester. Your body does not gain much weight in this time and it will be easier to row a boat. But be mindful of the nausea and vomiting that are gifts of the first trimester.
What boat to pick while pregnant
Choose a boat that is at least 30 feet tall. The boat must be strong and sturdy enough to handle the waves. Your balance is already off while pregnant. You do not need a bumpy or shaky ride. It is not good for you or the baby.
Is it safe to go boating while pregnant? Yes. But only if you keep your life jacket on! Find a suitable life jacket that is snug and comfortable around your belly. And keep wearing it throughout the trip. We know you think you are too strong for a life jacket, but the baby needs safety.
Anchor close to the marina
Do not get carried away! Yes, boating is extremely fun but while boating, you may get immersed in the moment and forget that you are pregnant. If you cruise deep into the ocean, it might be difficult coming back in time incase of an emergency. So, try to keep as close as possible to dock, especially if you are in your third trimester or close to labor. You do not want your baby to be born on a boat, do you?
What to pack?
Here is the list of essentials that you should pack while going on your boating trip.
- Your life jacket: We have described above how important your life jacket is for this trip.
- Water: Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy pregnancy.
- Healthy Snacks: Pack your own healthy and nutritious lunch or snack. Do not overeat or indulge in fatty foods. Stay away from carbonated and caffeinated drinks.
- First-Aid box: Keep a handy First-Aid box with you. Get some painkillers approved by your doctor for safe use in pregnancy.
Have a fun boating trip!
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