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India (mumbai and goa) when Pregnant - Anyone advice?

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Keavs Tue 29-Jan-13 11:26:05

Thanks CaseyShraeger!

Do you have any advice about Sri Lanka when pregnant? I would be staying near the coast so not in an tropical areas. thank you

CaseyShraeger Mon 28-Jan-13 15:19:55

Mumbai isn't malarial (have been in January before, not pregnant but with a baby) but Goa is. When we went to Mumbai we were staying in a 5 star hotel in Bandra and that was absolutely fine, no one got ill at all. I did feel limited on what we could do outside, though, because I was concerned about DD1 who was at the crawling-and-putting-everything-in-her-mouth stage.

I did turn down a business trip to India when I was pregnant, though, as I wasn't comfortable about the risk (and didn't know the hotels, etc.).

In your position I wouldn't go to Goa because of the malaria; I might well (given you've been before and know the hotel) go to Mumbai.

Keavs Mon 28-Jan-13 15:11:15

Thanks guys.... I agree. So is Sri Lanka ok when pregnant?

upinthehills Thu 17-Jan-13 12:19:45

If you are just going to stay in the hotel and the odd walk in Goa, tbh, I really wouldn't bother - the risk of being sick is just not worth it. If it was a big family do or a wedding you were missing if it was me, I may consider it, but just for a break - no.

I was really bothered by smells when I was pregnant and felt sick a lot though. Sorry no tips, only got a far a Maderia when pregnant and even then the funny smell in holiday house made me feel sick all the time!

Keavs Thu 17-Jan-13 12:14:38

Thanks for the info.... I was actually just thinking I would meet my husband in Thailand now as it might just be the safer option... I've been there a few times and know it's fine. Thinking of staying in Koh Samui as it's v simple travel wise. However, there is apparently a "low to no risk of malaria" there too. I've never taken anti-malaria there so I am sure it will be fine. I know the food is much better there too. What do you think?

If you have any tips for Thailand when pregnant please let me know? thanks again

Wobblypig Sun 13-Jan-13 19:06:23

Yes, I went when I was pregnant, much better not sick

Keavs Sun 13-Jan-13 11:16:26

Thanks Wobblypig... I know what you mean, I've been to other places in SE Asia too but India just seems a bit risky... especially with the sickness.

How about Sri Lanka? Have you been there? Is that any better?


Wobblypig Fri 11-Jan-13 19:44:28

My experience of being ill in India is that I definitely would not go whilst pregnant. We were very careful but still got extremely sick staying in 5 star hotels. I have travelled a lot throughout Asia and Southeast Asia and India is the only place I felt I couldn't take very young children due to the fear of illness.

Keavs Fri 11-Jan-13 19:19:50

I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant. My husband will be working in India (Mumbai) for 4 weeks in February. So the idea is that we go to Goa for a week the end of January (after my 20 week scan - will be about 22 weeks then) then I spend another week with him in Mumbai.

I have been to the hotel in Mumbai before - it is 5 star and I know it is very good and very clean. I will basically stay put in the hotel for the week and won't leave. I have never been to Goa but plan to go to South Goa and again stay in a good 5 star hotel and would only leave to have walks on the beach.

All my injections are up-to-date from a previous trip pre-pregnancy. My main concern is malaria, as you cannot take malaria tablets when pregnant. Not sure how risky this would be in those 2 areas?

Has anyone visited India (ideally Mumbai and Goa) when pregnant that could offer some advice from their own experience?

Would really appreciate it!


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