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Pregnancy: A cruise maker and a cruise breaker

Despite their delivery date, expectant mothers must exercise their utmost discretion concerning their cruising date.
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Going on a cruise vacation is simply the greatest experience anyone can have. Without a doubt, the good times and memories are endless. Whether someone is cruising for the very first time, or has cruised multiple times, any cruise vacation relieves all the stresses from home. Additionally, a cruise vacation relieves the stresses of the workplace. When it comes to families cruising, there is that one happy moment which everyone looks forward to. That moment is when the announcement is made that there's an "addition" to the family. That addition is a baby, and every baby coming into the world begins with pregnancy. Any pregnancy is great news to any family. When it comes to cruising, it's a whole other story. Any pregnancy is the most dangerous and unpredictable nine months of a woman's life. When it comes to cruising, a pregnancy makes life all the more critical. Expectant mothers have to put the dangers of pregnancy into the forefront. With the unknown events that could occur, pregnancies can be either a cruise maker or a cruise breaker.

When families book a cruise, they must be aware of the time frame concerning a pregnancy. There are a handful of questions which need to be kept in mind. Some of the those questions include, "How many months pregnant must a woman be come sailing day?", "Will the mother be in the proper shape to cruise?", and "Is cruising while pregnant safe?". Those are among the questions which expectant mothers have when it comes to cruising. It's normal. Prior to any cruise, expectant mothers must do their research on the cruise line which she and her family are sailing on. Most cruise lines' medical policies regarding pregnancy are mirror image of each other. They all have a cut-off time of twenty-four weeks. Expectant mothers over twenty-four weeks are not allowed to sail. Cruise lines take pregnancy matters seriously. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Being denied boarding due to exceeding the pregnancy cut-off time is an awful experience. It's a terrible experience for both the parents and children, if any, sailing with them. Expectant mothers must exercise their utmost discretion when cruising. The cruise lines prohibit expectant mothers who are more than six months pregnant. It's no joke. Pregnant passengers have attempted sailing, trying to fool the check-in agents on their pregnancies. Expectant mothers well into their third trimester should not cruise. A year ago, a passenger tried to tamper with her doctor's note, making the check-in staff think she was under six months pregnant. On another occasion, a passenger tried to check-in thinking that no one on the check-in staff was going to inquire about her pregnancy period. Unfortunately, she was denied. She was twenty-six weeks pregnant. She was charged the full cancellation fee. Cruise ships' on board medical facilities are neither equipped for birthing nor natal emergencies. In the cruising industry, pregnancies are never taken lightly. The rules are very strict, with no exceptions made.

What if a cruise passenger is under six months pregnant? Expectant mothers can do one of two things. If they are under six months pregnant, they must obtain a letter from the doctor stating that both they and their child are in good health. If the sailing day is approaching, and the expectant passenger is on the very verge of six months, she can still sail. However, if she doesn't feel all too comfortable sailing due to her pregnancy, cancelling is also an option. Some pregnancies aren't as "smooth sailing" as others. There's no harm in cancelling. That way, when the baby is at least six months old and in healthy condition, the family can then plan on an alternative cruising date. It is best to be safe than sorry.

A cruise vacation is the perfect getaway for any family. There are plenty of on board activities for both the adults and children. The entertainment is around-the-clock. When a pregnancy is concerned, cruising has its critical moments. Expectant mothers need to be wary of their condition prior to cruising. They need to keep in mind the condition they'll be in when their sailing date approaches. Knowing whether or not to cruise is a crucial decision to make. Expectant mothers need to use their utmost discretion when planning a cruise vacation. Consulting with the doctor and finding out from the travel agent or cruise line on the pregnancy cut-off period are mandatory. They are among the keys to determining whether cruising while pregnant is appropriate for them. In the end, it's very clear to understand why a pregnancy can be a cruise maker or a cruise breaker.

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