It’s becoming more and more common for women to take some well-earned time away at some point during their pregnancy. Naturally, you’ll want to safeguard the health of you and your baby while you’re on holiday, but what can you do? We’ve gathered some of the best advice for pregnant travellers so you can enjoy your babymoon in peace.
Get advice from your doctor before planning your holiday
Your doctor will be able to answer your questions, suggest suitable destinations, and talk to you about which vaccinations are safe to have while you’re pregnant.
They can also rule out any complications that would prevent you from travelling. About 7-10 days before you leave, your doctor can provide with with a note that states your due date and gives you permission to fly.
Time your trip carefully
It’s almost universally agreed that the best time for pregnant travel is towards the beginning of your second trimester. The sickness many women experience during the first trimester has normally subsided by this point, but the exhaustion and discomfort of the third trimester is yet to set in. Take this into consideration before you book anything.
Cruise ships often have a rule in place that forbids women who are 24 weeks pregnant and beyond from staying on board. And while being pregnant doesn’t make motion sickness worse, if you’re already experiencing nausea then being at sea is not going to make you feel better. It’s best to avoid the misery and stay on dry land.
Take out travel insurance
Medical costs are expensive abroad and can build up quickly if something goes wrong. Fortunately, the right travel insurance will take care of any unexpected costs, including if you need to return home early. Make sure you disclose the pregnancy and check that your policy covers any conditions related to it.
Movement will keep your circulation going and stop your body from stiffening up during travel. Rotate your ankles and flex your legs and feet to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stretch regularly, and walk whenever you can.
Once you’re on holiday, walking, swimming, and gentle yoga moves will release any extra tension and keep your body nice and supple.
Research the medical facilities at your destination
Having the contact details of the closest hospital to your hotel will come in handy if you do need to see a doctor or nurse. It’s also worth looking up how long it takes to get there, in case you need to go there at short notice.
Keep your maternity notes with you at all times
Hopefully your holiday will be uneventful (in the best possible way) but if you do have any health scares while you’re away from home, your maternity notes will give the hospital staff all the information they need to give you the right treatment. They may also save time because the nurse may not need to take blood samples or perform any scans.
Carry a backpack
A backpack will place less strain on your back than a shoulder bag, and it also leaves your hands free while you’re out and about. If you’re planning to take a suitcase, make it one with four wheels (one on each corner) that twist all the way round so you can just roll the case along.
Don’t take on too much
No matter which trimester you’re in, you’ll probably find that you get tired quicker than you used to, and this is something to bear in mind when planning your trip. By all means fit in some sightseeing — discovering new places is what travel is all about — but factor in plenty of time for rest and relaxation too. You deserve it.