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Is it go travel on a speedboat duting just 8 weeks of pregnancy? The duration of the travel is 1 hour. Is there any risks involve? Is the sea is calm is it ok? I live in Maldives.

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Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
There are no scientific recommendations on travelling by a speedboat during the first trimester.
However, I would like you to keep certain things in mind -
1. During the first trimester, generally women experience nausea, vomiting and morning sickness . This can be heightened during speedboat travel.
2. The sea is never predictable. If it suddenly gets choppy, you can experience vomiting, nausea, injury, slipping etc.
3. There are no other specific risks, but risk of injury is heightened during fast travel on a speedboat, as you take on the waves.
IF not absolutely essential, I do not see any reason to do it.
There will be ample time once you deliver.
However, it is your personal choice, if you feel comfortable, and want to take the risk , go ahead.
All the best.
Please feel free to ask for further clarifications.

Patient replied :

Thank you for your reply. 'Risk of Injury' by that did you mean to the baby or and injury which could occur due to slipping or falling?

Both actually - The risk of minor slippage and accidents are slightly higher obviously - and minor trauma can adversely affect successful pregnancy (higher risk of abortion).

That said this is concern is valid in a general context also and there are no evidence to say motor boating is particularly high risk.

Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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