Can you scuba dive while pregnant ? We will likely not ever have a definitive study to test this because it would be unethical. We have to rely on “after the fact” experiences. Go to a trusted physician, preferably one with dive knowledge or contact Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Please read this article to the end, before you make your decision.
Some research showed nothing alarming. She is L&D nurse was did a couple of dives when she was pregnant with twins. My OB/GYN who is a dive instructor was with her. No problems. Those twins just went on their first dive trip this year. But she wouldn’t recommend diving while pregnant to others out of professional liability.
Some experiences from other pregnant women, She share a story in the hope that those pregnant or trying to become pregnant do not dive. In 2009 Lindsey Betterman was working as a scuba diving instructor in Key Largo. She was diving all day every day as is typical for an instructor. She said: “In the summer of that year my husband and I discovered I was pregnant right at the end of my first trimester. At the end of my second trimester we discovered our son Logan would be born with a heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. I carried him to full term and he passed away 5 days later. My husband and I will never know if my diving was partly to blame or perhaps genetics or even a combination of factors. What I can tell you is absolutely no dive, even an amazing one, is worth watching your child suffer from a defect you may have caused, or living a lifetime of loss”.
Another pregnant womens was working diving while pregnant, she said:
“I didn’t know I was until I was nearly 4 months… didn’t have any symptoms, my little girl or should I say big girl is very healthy and extremely active”.
“I was on my assistant instructor course and didn’t find out until I was 3 months. I was diving every day and gave birth to a perfectly healthy 10lb baby”.
The fetus, in any of its phases, has no air around it, and yes amniotic fluid, which completely surrounds the fetus to avoid blows and external impacts on the fetus. Therefore, analyzing the pressure on areas with air (increasing by submerging and expanding as it ascends) would not affect the fetus.
But one thing we must remember right now is the recommendation put forth by Divers Alert Network (DAN), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and all U.S. dive-training organizations is for pregnant women’s to defer scuba until after the baby is born.