5 Things to Consider Before You Travel During Your Pregnancy

Travelling while pregnant is becoming more and more popular, as expectant mothers take the opportunity to enjoy the time before their little one arrives. However, there are a few things you need to take into consideration while you make your holiday plans, so we’ve put together this handy list — you’ll be sorted in no time.

Has your doctor cleared you to travel?

Always see your GP before planning a trip during pregnancy. They’ll be able to identify any underlying complications, put your mind at ease, and write a letter declaring you fit for travel. According to Holidaysafe, this is especially important when you plan to fly, because staff can stop you from boarding the plane if you pose a risk to yourself and others. (Need more tips? Read their pregnancy travel guide.)

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When are you planning to go?

Every pregnancy is different, but it’s almost universally agreed it’s safer to avoid travelling during the first or third trimesters. You’re more likely to miscarry in the first, plus sickness and nausea mean you probably don’t want to venture far from home anyway. By the time you’re in the third, your bump will have expanded rapidly and you may well be exhausted.

In contrast, travelling during your second trimester (weeks 13–28) will be much more relaxing. You’ll be glowing, have more energy, and won’t be worrying about a fast-approaching due date just yet.

Do you need vaccinations?

Some destinations require you to have vaccinations before you visit. Generally, it’s recommended that pregnant women avoid having vaccinations, especially live vaccinations (which contain a small amount of live virus).

Research your potential destinations carefully before making a final decision. According to the NHS, the best thing to do is avoid travelling to countries which require vaccinations while you’re pregnant. However, if you don’t have a choice but to travel, in most cases it’s safer to have the vaccination than not.

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Are you happy to fly?

Flying is stressful enough at the best of times, never mind when you’re pregnant. A short-haul flight of no more than three hours may well be doable, but going on holiday doesn’t have to involve a plane journey if you don’t want it to. A staycation still offers you the chance to get away and have some quality time to relax, plus it gives you a chance to see more of your home country.

If you do decide to fly, wear compression socks and do some gentle stretches to prevent swollen ankles and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Remember: However you travel, make sure your seat belt sits under your bump and not across it in order to avoid harmful pressure.

What do you want to do during your holiday?

Now for the fun part — planning what you want to get out of your pre-baby getaway. You might intend to spend it relaxing on a pristine white beach, you might want to stroll around a new city, or you could retreat away to a bolthole in the countryside. You might find a destination that combines all three.

Whatever you decide, there are no wrong answers, as long as you avoid activities that could harm you and your unborn baby — Baby Center has a full list.

*this is a collaborative post*


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