How to travel safely whilst pregnant: 7 things to keep in mind
As you know, I love to travel and am a big fan of romantic breaks, although everything changes when you have children of course! So, if you’re pregnant, you might want to squeeze in a last minute break with your other half, before your life is taken over by a tiny whirlwind who will want something very different from a holiday! Here are 7 things to keep in mind when travelling pregnant.
Where should you go?
Some places will require vaccinations to visit, and for these you may have to check with your doctor or midwife that they are safe for pregnant women. You should also avoid travelling to anywhere where you may risk catching something such as malaria or zika while you are pregnant, as these can be quite serious.
A long haul flight might be a bit too much for you, so somewhere within a few hours is a better choice during this time.
What is the healthcare like?
Hopefully you will not need to step foot in a hospital during your trip, however it’s important to plan as though you may have to. This is not the time to book somewhere incredibly remote where you have to travel for several days to see a medical professional! Check the standards of healthcare and what to expect so you can feel comfortable and enjoy yourself.
Consider your food and drink
Of course part of the fun of travelling is experimenting with new foods and drinks but when you are pregnant there are some things you should avoid, such as certain soft cheeses and deli meat, so don’t forget about these while you are having fun. Avoid tap water and things like ice cubes or salads, which will have been washed in tap water.
What insurance do you need?
This isn’t the time to scrimp on your travel insurance! You are going to want something with 24/7 assistance to make the most of if you do end up needing it. If you are a low-risk pregnancy, travel insurance shouldn’t be hard to get at all, so make sure you do your research and get the right cover for you.
When is best to travel?
During your first trimester, there is no real medical reason for you not to travel, but between the morning sickness and exhaustion, you might find you have more fun if you wait a few weeks until you’re into your second trimester.
In your third trimester, your tiredness and sickness may make a comeback, not to mention a rather large bump! Once you hit 28 weeks, the airline might ask for a letter from your midwife, explaining that you are safe to fly. Pick the best time to travel by listening to your body.
What can and can’t you do?
There are a lot of things that aren’t safe for pregnant women, so before you base your entire trip around a particular activity, such as skiing, surfing or scuba diving, check to see whether it is something that is recommended for pregnant women.
What can you pack to keep yourself safe and comfortable?
Your skin is more sensitive to sun damage when you are pregnant so make sure you slather on that high-factor sun cream! A little hand-held fan will help keep you cool too, and be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
If you’re growing a human, you really deserve a holiday as it’s not an easy thing to do, so don’t let being pregnant stop you from booking a trip! Keep these 7 things in mind and you will have a great time!
Have you got any tips for travelling while pregnant? Leave them in the comments.
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