I recently found out that my husband and I are expecting our 3rd child I also just found out from my doctor today that I can't take any motion sickness medications... Will I survive our 1st cruise this Monday? I am sailing on the Legend out of NYC and I am afraid we may enconter some rough seas... Has anyone used any herbal remedies that really work for motion sickness and are ok to use while pregnant? I am really worried that I am going to spend my vacation feeling sick... I haven't experienced any morning sickness in the 9 wks that I have been pregnant...maybe that is a sign that I will be fine
Last year my friends and I all bought sea-bands. They are elastic wrist bands that have a "button" on the inside. WHen you put them on properly, the button pushes against a pressure point in your wrist that helps to alleviate motion sickness. You can wait until you feel sick to use them, and there is no medication involved! According to the box, they are also good for morning sickess associated with pregnancy. They worked well for us last year!
Also heard that ginger tablets work well, although I've never tried them.
First of all--Congratulations! I agree--Sea bands are great. My little girl gets car sick sometimes, so I was very worried about cruising. She wore these on our first cruise, and was fine. She even wears them in the car now. We got ours at the local drug store. The Wal-Mart close to us used to have them, but no longer carries them. I would check with your local drug store. Have a great cruise!
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Re: no motion meds allowed...
Seabands are great but have to be positioned just so to be effective. There is something out there called "Relief Bands" which are more expensive. Do an internet search - they are VERY effective. They send a small electrical impulse into the body (not harmful at all) to alleviate seasickness.
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Ginger also works. Even sipping a ginger ale and eating some saltines may help if you feel queasy. You should probably ask your pharmacist while you're picking up the seabands if he has any advice for you.
Congratulations! And have a great cruise.
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I'm glad you posted this question. I was wondering the same thing. I'm 6 weeks pregnant (will be early in the 2nd trimester for our upcoming cruise). I haven't had a problem with motion sickness on any of our other cruises but I know that pregnancy can change that so I wanted to be prefered.
If those bands help with morning sickness I might go get some right now and try them out. I'm willing to try anything.
I found on my first cruise (on the Sensation in 2000) that how much you feel the motion depends on your deck. All of the couples at my table had cabins on the Riviera deck but one...the couple who had paid more and ended up on the Empress also were nauseated for three days of the trip while the rest of us below were OK. Could have been coincidence, but it seemed to me the motion of the ship was much more discernable when I was in the dining room or on the Lido deck then it was down in our cabin. And even then it wasn't that bad, except for the night we went up the Mississippi River to New Orleans. 100 miles of twisty, turny river in a HUGE ship made for some interesting sharp turns! : )
I also found the wrist bands at CVS, so most drug stores should have them.
Amy, Congratulations on the pregnancy first of all, and it seems you've been given lots of ideas and remedies. I'd just like to add a little reassurance. No-one can have a weaker stomach than me; I get car-sick, bus-sick,train-sick, swing-sick...well you get the idea. I was terriffied of my 1st cruise, thinking I'd be pals with the toilet the whole week. However, for some reason, I have never ever been sick on a cruise ship! Have done 3 so far, with #4 coming up in Aug. - strangely enough, on the Legend like you! Would love to hear about your trip when you get back, so keep on posting here, ok?
Thanks everyone for all your advise Does anyone know how much the Sea bands are? I just looked up the sharper image relief band and it was $110!!! Donna, I will let you know how the cruise went I'll be posting when I return.
Seabands are a lot cheaper than the relief band. The relief band is so expensive because it is an electrical device. Seabands are just elastic bands with little bumps you line up on certain pressure points on your wrist. They are more like $10, probably less.
By the way, please come back and let us know if they work for morning sickness as well as motion sickness. I'm curious about this myself.
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Our last cruise one of our group was 5 months pregnant. She took nothing and never had a problem at all with sea sickness. Go with a positive attitude and you will be just fine. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Char
Just in case, check with your doctor. I went on my first cruise right after we started trying to get pregnant. Since I didn't know if I was or wasn't, the doctor told me to take Benadryl if I needed it for seasickness. I did take it once, and I was pregnant!
I bought some wrist bands w/the button on them at my local AAA and they were less than $10. They were for my nephew who had a real problem with becoming ill in the car, and they worked really well for him...
Have a great time!
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I'll let you all know how the wrist bands work...leaving in 3 days and still haven't packed! I am a "wait to the last minute packer" Lisa, my doctor did say it was ok to take Benadryl, but since I am already tired all the time...I don't want it to knock me out! I think I'd rather feel a little sick.
We were on the Pride (sister to the legend) and it was a rockin boat!!! Maybe because we were going around a tropical wave, and the wind was terrible...... I hope it's not that bad for you. Even with the rocking, you will love your cruise!! Sprit class carnival ships are beautiful!
I would be very interested if anyone has used these for migraines. Do you wear them all the time or only when you get one? My daughter and 9 year old grandson get them bad and both are on medication so any help would be appreciated. Please email me directly if you want. Thank you.