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Travelling in a speed boat in pregnancy

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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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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

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?

Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 3 Days.

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. Deepu Sebin Sebastian
Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STD)Specialist
MD, Internal Medicine - Stanley Medical School
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