Nine months is a long time to stay at home! If you’re pregnant, here’s how to plan for a worry-free trip…
Choose your destination carefully
Pregnancy may not be the right time to indulge your adventurous spirit by wandering off the beaten track. Relax somewhere where you will be surrounded by all the amenities civilization has to offer. While activities such as climbing, skiing, and energetic water-sports won’t be an option, you can still swim, see the sights, and hit the dance floor in the evening.
It is advisable to avoid travelling to areas which require a vaccination, as some vaccines may not be safe for your unborn child. Your doctor will be able to give you up-to-date advice. Pregnant women should not travel to areas where there is any risk from mosquito-borne diseases, so always check the latest information about your destination before you make plans.
During the first trimester there is an increased risk of miscarriage, plus nausea and fatigue symptoms, so it’s better to delay travel until you are in your second trimester. If you are fit and healthy, with no pregnancy complications, flying is considered safe. However, on long-haul flights of more than 4 hours, pregnant women should take extra care to stay hydrated and move around on the flight as often as possible.
Always check the policy of the airline you are travelling with before you book. British Airways, for example, state that you must not fly if you are more than 36 weeks pregnant with one baby, or more than 32 weeks with twins. They require evidence from your doctor stating your due date.
Bring contact details for medical services at your destination, along with family contact details. Other essential items include documents such as medical notes and any letters from your doctor or midwife, a passport valid for six months after your return date, and travel insurance papers for yourself and your unborn child.
Pop a bottle of water and healthy snacks in your bag, and some antibacterial wipes and gel. Many pregnant women find sea bandsto be a useful remedy for morning sickness and they are extra helpful when travelling. Remember your expanding waistline and choose comfortable layers and roomy, flat shoes. If you are alone, fellow travellers will be pleased to help with your heavy and awkward luggage, never be afraid to ask.
Take care of yourself
Sampling new cuisine is one of the joys of travelling. All the rules about safe and healthy eating in pregnancy still apply away from home, such as steering clear of pate, soft cheeses and shellfish. It’s great fun to tempt your taste buds with some culinary research before you set off, to see which local delicacies you can freely enjoy.
Companions or colleagues will be aware that you will need more rest than usual, so take advantage of opportunities to put your feet up and nap. Travelling with a baby on board is a very special time to make memories. Soon you will be able to tell your little one all about the exciting places they visited before they were born.
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.