5 Travel Tips for when you’re Pregnant
We’re all about stress-free travelling as a family but what about travelling before your child is actually born? That nine-month period between it being just the two of you, jetting off on romantic weekend breaks, and your life being turned upside down by a tiny tornado – pregnancy!
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun – in fact, it’s all the more reason to jet off and have a holiday. Here are five travel tips for when you’re pregnant.
Time it right
The first 12 weeks of pregnancy involve feeling sick and exhausted – and may not the time to go on a holiday. The last trimester is pretty uncomfortable, too, as you’ll be a rocking a waddle and an enormous bump and your baby will be threatening to come out at any minute, so it may be best to stay close by your hospital at this point.
The second trimester, however, is the ideal window for an adventure. You will have gained back some of your energy and, hopefully, the sickness will have stopped – the perfect time to go on holiday!
Get comfortable on the flight
You probably don’t want to spend too many hours on a plane, but there are a few things you can do to keep yourself more comfortable when flying pregnant. Wearing decompression stockings and walking around the plane a little is always recommended. You might also want to pay a little more to choose an aisle seat so you can get up easily to go to the toilet! Make sure you stay hydrated and perhaps consider taking some snacks on the flight with you, as low blood sugar can make you feel unwell.
Your suitcase is going to look a little different to usual. You want to be dressing for comfort more than anything else, so shoes that are easy to walk in and simple to put on will be essential. Most women find that they get a lot hotter in pregnancy, so lightweight clothes are recommended, with optional layers. Make sure you also pack your pregnancy notes and any medication you might need, too!
Do your research
When travelling pregnant, you can’t just choose a place at random and hope for the best. For example, now is not the time to visit a remote destination where the nearest hospital is a helicopter ride away! You also need to consider vaccinations, as some of them are unsuitable when you’re pregnant but are essential if you are visiting certain places, so before you book, make sure you do some research first.
Pregnancy skin is a lot more sensitive to the sun, so it’s really important to make sure you have sun protection and try to spend some time in the shade. Be aware of what you’re eating, as it can be harder to work that out in another country whilst avoiding certain food types. Drink lots of water, but be sure to check whether the tap water is safe to drink. The last thing you want is to be unwell in another country and ruin your holiday!
Pregnancy is a great excuse for travelling – you deserve it for all that you’re doing. It also might be your last holiday for a while before the baby is older, so why not just book something and go for it?
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