Traveling while pregnant can be difficult, but with a few minor adjustments, it can be made more comfortable and dare I say it – fun!
If you are visiting family or planning a ‘babymoon’ to enjoy some much-needed relaxation before the arrival of your little bundle of joy, these tips may make all the difference!
1. It doesn’t hurt now and then to do a little bit of Travel Research
Doing some research before you go on holiday is a normal part of the process, but when you are pregnant, it is absolutely essential!
Without a bit of planning and research, a holiday can go from an enjoyable daydream to nightmare-ish in a really short space of time.
In particular, you should think about the location of your destination and whether it is necessary to take a long-haul flight or even fly at all. If you do decide to fly, then make sure it is somewhere with easily accessible medical facilities!
2. Be careful when you travel
Try to choose the most convenient time to travel for your pregnancy.
Travel during the first and third trimesters is considered most medically problematic.
It is recommended that you travel between 14-28 weeks if you want to minimize the chances of a medical emergency while on holiday.
Many airlines have restrictions on pregnant air travel, Thomas Cook airline, for instance, requires medical documentation noting fitness to fly if you are over 27 weeks pregnant.
3. Pack light
Lugging around heavy suitcases and carry-on bags is hard enough without being pregnant.
So, make sure you pack light, and you won’t have to worry about this. Of course, you can enlist your partner, friends or family to help carry things, but this isn’t always possible if they have their own items to carry.
Minimize your packing list by only taking the things you truly need and make sure you pack comfortable shoes!
4. Check your documents
As well as getting a medical certificate from your doctor if you are over 27 weeks pregnant or have a higher-risk pregnancy, you will also need to make sure you purchase adequate travel insurance.
Many travel insurers do not specialize in pregnancy travel which can make it time-consuming and expensive to find a suitable insurer.
So, make sure you check before flying that you have a suitable cover (your policy should specify it covers complications of pregnancy) in the event of having a pregnancy-related medical issue on holiday.
5. Take regular breaks
Holidays are usually a time to relax, but even more so when you are pregnant!
Don’t feel you have to keep pace with the rest of your family or friends.
Instead, rest as often as you need to, and use the bathroom, drink water and have a snack. Keep your energy levels up, but don’t be afraid to call it a day and go and put your feet up for a while.
After all, you are carrying another human being inside you!
With staycations on the rise, you could choose to explore somewhere in your own country rather than travel abroad.
This will help to stress, as you won’t have to organize passports, insurance, and flights.
You will also be safe in the knowledge that you have access to your country’s own healthcare system, and you won’t be too far away from family.
7. Take water
Dehydration is a serious issue during pregnancy, so prevent this problem from occurring by taking water everywhere you go on your travels.
You should even enlist any traveling companions to carry reusable water bottles for you.
Of course, this will mean that you need to use the bathroom more frequently, but let’s face it, you’re going to be going every half an hour anyway!
When flying, you need to make sure that you move around at least a little bit. Doctor’s recommend that pregnant women also wear compression travel socks during flights to lessen the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis), which increases during air travel.
If you can’t get a hold of any travel socks (and even if you can), it is a good idea to get up and have a stretch every so often.
Of course, yoga would be even better, but not so convenient in the aisle of an airplane!
9. Dress for comfort
Your number one priority while traveling should be looking after yourself. So, make sure you take your comfiest clothes and shoes that you can walk in all day.
Otherwise, you might end up with blisters and bunions as well as morning sickness, although if you are traveling during the recommended second-trimester, this will hopefully have subsided!