If you’re pregnant this may be your last holiday without children so you’ll want to make the most of it. Not to say that holidays with kids aren’t great – they are – but they also involve a bit more work than you’ve probably been used to on holiday. If this is your last pre-Mum holiday, don’t let the fact that you’re travelling whilst pregnant spoil any part of it for you. Here are a few tips that will help to make things easier.
The best time to travel abroad is the middle three months of the pregnancy (between 18 and 24 weeks). Morning sickness and nausea are usually at their worst in the first three months, so travelling at that time may leave you feeling unable to fully enjoy yourself.
Discuss your intended trip with your doctor who will give you all the information and advice you need to ensure your full health and safety during your holiday. If you have any worries or concerns, your doctor will be able to answer them, leaving you free to travel on holiday with confidence.
- Flying is safe whilst pregnant, though most airlines will not carry women who are more than eight months pregnant. Chances are if you’re that late in pregnancy, any travelling you do would be out of necessity and not for recreation. You’re more likely to have poor circulation when pregnant, which means an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Make sure you discuss DVT with your doctor before booking flights, especially if you have a history of poor circulation or blood clotting.
- Check the small print on your travel insurance to make sure that you’re properly covered. Many insurance companies will not cover women who are within 8 to 10 weeks of delivery; some will not insure pregnant women at all. Make sure your travel insurance policy offers you full cover.
- If you’re travelling by car, make sure that you can make plenty of comfort stops – you may need the loo more than usual. This will also give you the opportunity to stretch your legs – an essential when you’re pregnant as sitting down for long periods may make your legs and feet swell or cause cramps in your legs. The more you walk and stretch your legs, the less likely this is. If your back aches, try using a foam wedge at the small of your back (a small cushion or rolled up jumper may do the trick fi you don’t have a wedge). Always use a seatbelt and it’s okay to travel in a car with an airbag.
- Drink plenty of fluids to ensure you don’t’ get dehydrated. During your pregnancy you need to be drinking at least eight glasses of fluid a day. It’s easy to forget to drink enough whilst travelling – make sure you have a bottle of water with you at all times and keep sipping.
- Watch what you eat. Being on holiday often means exotic foods but make sure you’re careful about what you eat. An upset stomach on holiday is not what you need, especially not whilst pregnant. Eat sensibly – little and often and make sure that what you eat includes plenty of fruit and vegetables.