Pregnant and Dolphins

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  1. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    I know this is a ladies forum, but my wife and I are pregnant. (First time!) We are going on a cruise Nov 26th through Dec 3rd and one of the stops we are wanting to swim with the dolphins. My wife, Lesa, is wondering if the Dolphins might "smell" or "tell" that she is pregnant and if they might cause any harm to her or the baby inside. I personally don't think so, but she wanted me to ask here on SB. (I brag about all the things I learn on here.)

    So if any of you ladies have any advice, suggestoins, or just comments, please post or PM me.

    Thanks,

    Michael and Lesa
     
  2. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. And you thought diving was an adventure. :)

    From all I know she should be fine on the surface but I'm not qualified to say that out loud.

    Pete
     
  3. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    Thank you very much. Yeah and I also thought diving was expensive. Now I have tWO hobbies. ;)

    I don't think (and hope) there won't be a problem. She won't be far along and I will ask the people at the site too. I just wanted to ask here. I know fellow SBers will help out. :)

    Thanks,

    Michael
     
  4. archman

    archman Divemaster

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    I believe there is anecdotal evidence that dolphins can *sense* pregnant women. And if they do have that ability (likely sonar), I think I remember hearing that the dolphins actually behave much nicer.

    Wasn't there a minor fad 10-15 years ago where late-term pregnant women would hang out in dolphin pens for some sort of therapeutic result? Maybe that was just swimming pools...

    Your wife should be fine, Michael.
     
  5. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    Thanks archman,

    I'm sure this will put her at ease a little more. Never heard of that fade, but I'll be looking around the 'net a little more as well.

    Thank you kindly again.

    Michael
     
  6. do it easy

    do it easy Orca

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    I was at Dolphins Plus in Key Largo this summer and they talked about pregnant women and dolphins. The guide said that they don't let pregnant women swim with the dolphins for liability reasons, but every once in a while, one will get in and the dolphins can tell right away. The guide said that they can hear the second heart beat and are curious about it (probably because they don't let pregnant women in?).
     
  7. RonFrank

    RonFrank Orca

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    First Congradulations!

    I've read (somewhere) that pregnant woman should not swim with dolphins, because they can sense the pregnancy, and they may pod around her, steer her away from others, and not allow others to approach. I have no idea if there is any basis for this, it's something I read, and I can not even remember where, so can not comment on the credibility.

    I seriously doubt they will let her dive/swim dolphins if she is pregnant, but that is yet another thing I have no certain knowledge of. In any event, be safe. :D
     
  8. ziongyal

    ziongyal Single Diver

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  9. archman

    archman Divemaster

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    Here is a rather um... interesting website to check out.
    http://www.planetpuna.com/Birth&Dolphins/index.htm

    Dang, a quick internet search has almost every dolphin encounter on the planet barring pregnant women. I have yet to find an actual case study to explain it. There must be a lawsuit... somewhere.
     
  10. Ber Rabbit

    Ber Rabbit Floppy Ear Mod ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The daughter of a woman at work went swimming with dolphins a few years ago and didn't know she was pregnant at the time. My co-worker said the dolphins would not leave her daughter alone, they were all around her looking at her belly and "chattering". Her daughter finally got out just to get away from them.
    Ber :lilbunny:
     
  11. cerich

    cerich Administrator ScubaBoard Supporter

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    from what I understand the dolphins love to sonar on a pregnant woman, male dolphins however may feel that they don't want a female that they haven't impregnated around "their" pod, thus the possible danger.

    Male dolphins can act real funny about the whole "alpha" male thing (like us I suppose), that is why they sometimes try to mount people during these "interactions"
     
  12. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    So it will be okay or not? I think we are going to error on the side of caution and not do it.

    She will only be 7 - 8 weeks pregnant. (I guess I should've stated that earlier.) I believe there will be a heart beat at that time as well, but it will be so small. I guess a dolphin could hear it still.

    Thanks again all,

    Michael
     
  13. fairybasslet

    fairybasslet Single Diver

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    YOU and your wife are pregnant? So you're having twins? What a medical miracle. I hope you have a Caesarian. I don't think your pee hole will stretch that far. And your poor baby will have to travel through an extra long birth canal.:D
     
  14. mislav

    mislav Scuba Instructor

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    Congrats to the both of you!

    So you're asking: - Is it safe? :) I don't think anyone can give you a definite answer to this question. How does the possibly strong sonar affect the developing fetus? Would they be inspecting her from the distance or bumping her? Would they try to separate her from the rest of your group? Would they even charge at you if you try to protect your wife? No one really knows...

    I remember similar experience described in this post on ScubaBoard:

    http://www.scubaboard.com/showpost.php?p=2311811&postcount=18

    Would I personally do it? Yes, of course. It would be a nice story to tell your kid. Do I personally think it might be dangerous? I believe the risk is minimal, but there still is some risk involved.
     
  15. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    Well, if the old-wise tail (is it?) is true, it's my generation to have twins AND my wife is a twin as well. So, we might h ave twins! :)

    Michael
     
  16. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    mislav,

    Thanks for the post. I'm thinking that it maybe alright now, since she will not be so far along.

    I was thinking if she was able to go into the pool (or whatever) without getting all the way in, it would be alright. Something waist deep. Granted, it'd suck to not be able to swim with them, but she would still be involved and touching them.

    Thanks many times again,

    EDIT: Ohh and thanks for the congrats. :)

    Michael
     
  17. fairybasslet

    fairybasslet Single Diver

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    I think you mean "old wives' tale."
     
  18. Amberjack

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    This is the first I've heard about dolphins and pregnant women, but a fetus generally does definitely have a heartbeat at 7 - 8 weeks, so if the stuff about the heartbeat is true, keep that in mind.

    And - congratulations!
     
  19. archman

    archman Divemaster

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    Heck, your kid may become ambidextrous!

    http://www.planetpuna.com/Birth&Dolphins/index.htm
     
  20. mwhities

    mwhities Surface Interval Member

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    Quick response, wasn't thinking. :) "old wives"

    Thanks,

    Michael
     

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