Planning a holiday is an enjoyable experience that can suddenly appear daunting if you’re pregnant. But fear not, according to the National Childbirth Trust there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that pregnant women should not travel.
So whilst you’ll probably feel more in need of a holiday than most, or if you’re looking into the increasing popular babymoon, most of it will come down to carefully planning and common sense.
Just to put your fears completely at rest, we’ve added some ideas and top tips to ensure you can really relax on that well deserved holiday.
The best time to travel
You can travel for most of your pregnancy, but the middle trimester, between 18 and 24 week, is best of all.
In the first 12 weeks you might feel tired and nauseous and the risk of miscarriage is a little higher. And in the last few weeks, when you’re more likely to go into labour, it’s ‘probably’ sensible to stay close to home!
Safe food and drink
Whilst there is nothing to suggest otherwise in enjoying the new food on offer, it’s wise to eat healthily and just be careful about food hygiene. If you are concerned at all, avoid the salads, ice creams and ice cubes and maybe depend on bottled water - key theme throughout your holiday is to stay hydrated!
Sunshine and warm weather - what’s not to like and it’s probably the reason you’ve headed on holiday, right? Just make sure you don’t get too hot, as it’s not great for you or the baby. Make sure you keep your skin, already more sensitive in pregnancy, sun-protected and hydrated!
Prepare for flying
Remember, millions of pregnant women travel each year and there is no scientific evidence to suggest it is dangerous to you or your baby.
Just make sure you have carefully considered flying and discussed any health issues or concerns you may have with your midwife in plenty of time before you leave.
Also, keep in mind some airlines won’t let you fly in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, so better to check these issues first and also align with your insurance policies (see our last point below.) Even at 28 weeks, some ask for a letter showing you’re due date and confirming you aren't at risk of complications.
And just to bear in mind, at the airport, don’t have any concerns about security screening or checks in – none of the devices are harmful to you or your baby.
On the plane, trying and walk around when it is safe to do so. And if you’re flying long distance (longer than five hours), there’s a small risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT). Again, drinking plenty of water is the key here and maybe investing in the ‘lovely’ support stockings now available!
Again (and we make no apologies for repeating ourselves here) drinking lots of water is critical. Eating healthy, natural, energy giving foods such as fruit and nuts is great and remembering to stop regularly for breaks. With all the water, you’ll need to factor this anyway!
Stay comfortable as well, keep fresh air circulating and wear your seatbelt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap under your bump.
Leave plenty of time, not only for the traffic, but also for the number of scheduled, and ‘unscheduled’ stops you’ll need to take. And most of all, don’t panic or rush.
Check out facilities
Back to being prepared – alongside checking the swimming pool, restaurants and closeness to the beech (or shops) make sure you know where the medical facilities are around where you’re staying.
And remember to pack all your medical records and your baby diary – so the doctors know about your pregnant and history. It’s highly likely you won’t need any of it – but it’s better to play safe.
Be careful about vaccinations
Open and honest, there are some concerns about virus’ or bacteria in jabs harming your baby, so we’d advise picking a location that doesn’t need any. However, if you are planning this, please have a chat with your doctor and raise any concerns.
Your Travel Insurance
We’ve mentioned this above, but be careful with your policy documents and double, triple check that you are covered for all things pregnancy related in medical care. Even down to the finer detail of the cost of changing your return trip if you go into labour – it will all make a difference and you don’t want to be caught short!
What hints and tips would you share to ensure you can really relax on holiday?
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