What to Consider in Travelling and Holiday during Pregnancy
A vacation before bringing a new member of the family forward is important for the mother and the couple too. This is the time to enjoy the good times before post-pregnancy duties bind you to commitment that you probably won’t have the chance to spend time together as you have been doing. It is also a great time to enhance the couple’s bonding for the preparation of the new baby.
For most couples a vacation during pregnancy is a time to bond even closer and enjoy those last baby free days. It goes a long way to freshen your soul and energize your body with fond memories…make the most of it.
If possible travel during your early second trimester i.e. your fourth and the fifth months as this is the time you are at your energetic best and the nausea and sleepiness of first trimester has worn off. Also the baby bump isn’t too big and you still have a chance to wear your sexy dresses. It is also the safest time to travel as pregnancy related complications haven’t usually set in and airlines have no travel restrictions till 32 weeks.
Check with your doctor if you might need any particular vaccination in case of foreign travel. Carry your pregnancy safe medications for common ailments after consulting your doctor. Always take travel insurance and carry a scanned copy of your documents in a pen drive for easy accessibility.
Preparing for a travel and a holiday during pregnancy takes more consideration in a number of aspects, to ensure safety of the expectant mother throughout the journey and the holiday. Check to know your destination well, make good planning and be sure to pack all you may need throughout your journey. Avoid inconveniences and disappointments along the way, these may cost you dearly.
Choose your destination wisely
UK and European breaks are ideal when you’re pregnant, as they don’t involve lots of travelling. Long-haul flights can be uncomfortable during pregnancy, and there are plenty of great destinations closer to home.
It’s much easier to relax and enjoy your holiday when you know that there are good shops and medical facilities nearby. Try not to go too far off the beaten track, and do a little research online before you go.
A little forward thinking can help you make the most of your time away. Make a list of all the things you want to take with you, just to be on the safe side. Our pregnancy packing checklist will get you started, and there are lots more tips below.
Staying comfortable is even more important when you’re pregnant. The right clothes, shoes and accessories can make a real difference.
If you’re likely to do lots of walking, take comfortable shoes or trainers. Bonus points if they slip on and off easily, in case bending down becomes difficult.
If you’re going to be away for more than a few weeks, make sure you pack clothes that have room for your bump to grow. Most maternity swimming costumes are able to accommodate an expanding bump but your favorite cotton sun dress might not!
Travelling for a holiday is not as risky during pregnancy, especially if you plan it within the second trimester. This may be the most opportune time to go and have some good time, but it is not safe all round. With the vulnerability that comes with pregnancy, you need to consider the risks that come with travels as infections, diseases and other important aspects worth of caution.
If possible, it’s best to avoid travelling to areas where vaccinations are required during pregnancy. You should also avoid travelling to areas where there is a risk of catching a mosquito-borne disease, such as malaria, dengue or zika.
If you do decide to go to a risky area, see your doctor before you go. She’ll be able to advise you on what precautions you should take, including which vaccinations are safe for you while you’re pregnant.
The standard of medical care available to you in developing countries may be low. So if you become ill, or if you have an existing complication with your pregnancy that needs to be treated while you’re away, there may be a risk to you or your baby’s health.
You’re also more likely to pick up a tummy bug in a country with poor sanitation, because of contaminated food or water supplies. Severe food poisoning can increase your risk of miscarriage.