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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 11:22 AM   1
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Whale watching at 34 weeks?


Popping in from second tri. I want to go whale watching, more specifically orca watching. Unfortunately, the best time to see them is June and I don't get out of work until 6/16 and am due 7/31. So the weekend I would go would be just shy of 34 weeks.

I have never been seasick in my life, and if I get it then that's what buckets or throwing up overboard are for lol

My gyn does not want me to go. She said the likelihood of falling is too high out on the ocean, and passed 30 weeks the risks of falling are too big. However, I have used the company before for humpback whales. Their boats are designed for 15 people and include individual seats and seat belts. They have guard rails to hang on to. They never book more than 12 people per trip. Realistically, I'm not going to fall. The boats are covered and have windows they close when traveling then open when we stop to view. I asked the company and they welcome pregnant women of any stage on their boats and acknowledge the biggest risk is falling which they take so many precautions in general they have never had a fall with any pregnant woman on board.

I want to see orcas, I flew to Alaska last year just to see them and missed them by literally hours. SO says we should wait and we can go when the baby can enjoy them as well but uchkcitx I want to go now =\

So long story short, would you go or has anybody done this?



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 11:58 AM   2
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I personally would not go especially if your OB doesn't recommend it. I know you are familiar with the company and whatnot but you can't forseee exactly what may happen or if there's a medical emergency.

I'm sorry, I'm sure that's not ideally what you'd like.



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 12:20 PM   3
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I kind of take her overall yes or no recommendation with a grain of salt. If I were to fall and age had given her blessing, I could sue her/the practice hardcore and she could lose her license. Similarly if the whale co is like yeah come on board you're safe they're liable so they wouldn't say it unless it was. But idk I'm torn lol

I guess too because this is my first pregnancy this far I have no idea what to expect energy and physically at 34 weeks



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 13:18 PM   4
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I think you'd feel physically fine to do it but I wouldn't take the chance on something happening!! My thinking is, if something (however small the risks are) did happen, would I forgive myself especially after being told no by my Dr! And I know Drs do have to say these things but also look at it from their perspective, they see worse case scenarios, and the 1 in 1000 chances of something going wrong. So yes they have to be as proactive as possible at getting a healthy mom and healthy baby to term!!

I'd wait personally but I've had too many losses (as if 1 loss isn't hard enough?!) To take any chances in pregnancy!!



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 14:38 PM   5
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Ty ladies. Not gonna lie I was hoping someone would say I went and was fine lol. If it's just falling, I feel like logically pregnant or not the fall risk is the same. I want to go haha I'm so whiney. Or like why is it okay to go 3 weeks earlier? Idk. I just have zero breaks from April until June 16th and my sick leave counts towards my mat leave. Plus last week of May is my brothers' birthday/Memorial Day weekend and the weekend before that is my baby shower coyclcy



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 14:47 PM   6
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I would go. You could fall on the stairs at home you can't stop doing everything just incase. Obviously be extra careful but I don't see the problem. You know your limits and you know if it was rough to sit down or make sure you can hold on to steady yourself.



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 14:51 PM   7
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Honestly I wouldn't go either... this is my first baby too. I was 100% fine until about 29 weeks. Then I got exhausted. Any little thing that bumps on my stomach hurts. I pee every 10min. It just seems like you're not gonna be up for it at 34 weeks, I certainly wouldn't be. OH n I cancelled a camping trip we were going to go on this week because of my lack of energy. Plus if anything happens with you you'll be out in the middle of nowhere and won't be able to get to a hospital. As much as I'd love to tell you to go I just don't think you should risk it. Go next time when you'll be able to enjoy it fully n not have to worry about ur bump hitting the railing, falling down, getting sick, having to go to the bathroom a million times etc...



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 16:54 PM   8
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I'd go despite the falling risk personally, though clumsiness is definitely worse when bump gets so big.. sometimes I get dizzy/clumsy just standing on solid ground. Just don't be doing any daredevil stuff while the boat is moving! Lol. As far as energy level...mine is a -10 or so ha.. no energy at all.. my first pregnancy was easier with that though, each has been different.. but by 34 weeks energy is definitely dwindling.



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 17:18 PM   9
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It would depend for me how long the boat trip would last. As a pp said I need to pee a lot at the moment and the thought of being stuck on a boat and needing to pee fills me with dread! I'd be worried about comfort...



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 17:27 PM   10
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I would go.

I went dolphin/whale watching when I was pregnant though it was first tri. It was fine, didn't get sick, boat was not rocky.

Were an active family and Id never put my life on hold cos of pregnancy, it is not an illness... I was climbing a mountain on my due date lol. It's just about common sense and being sensible. If you're confident you've got some where to sit/hold on to and you know, if anything happened- you could get to hospital pretty quickly, Id go for it. You have to do what you're comfortable with though x



 
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