Being pregnant is the most wonderful feeling in the world.
But it’s also a time of realisation that from now upon it will no longer be just the two of you. So before the baby is here you want to take some “us” time and go away together on what some people call “a baby moon”. But when you are traveling while pregnant you do want to take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of the baby and your comfort. So here you can find some do’s and don’ts on traveling while pregnant:
Consult with your healthcare provider before planning a trip, ask them to give you some extra guidelines for traveling while pregnant.
Pack a copy of your prenatal records, including your due date and any important medical information.
Try to fly during the second trimester of the pregnancy as this is considered the safest time to fly.
Inform your airline about your pregnancy and ask if they have any specialties in order with your pregnancy such as a seat with extra legroom for instance.
When traveling by car make sure to take frequent breaks and make stops to take rest as much as needed.
Wear loose-fitted comfortable clothes.
Check the destination for any potential health risks.
Book an accommodation that’s located nearby a hospital in case of an emergency.
Check whether your health insurance covers any pregnancy related issues in case something happens while being on holiday.
Drink enough water and try to eat healthy meals.
Check if vaccinations are needed at the destination you go to. Some vaccinations are not recommended for pregnant woman.
Avoid traveling in the third trimester as it can be very uncomfortable and risky.
Avoid traveling to destinations with high risks of infection such as malaria for instance.
Try to avoid heavy activities or high altitudes. Altitudes above 8000 feet can bring the risk of altitude sickness which can be very dangerous for pregnant woman.
Avoid foods that could be contaminated: Be cautious about what you eat and drink while traveling pregnant. Avoid raw or undercooked meats, seafood, and eggs. Also, avoid tap water in some countries and only drink bottled water or boil it first.
Avoid traveling to destinations with high risk of natural disasters.
These are some general guidelines for traveling while pregnant. Of course, every pregnancy is unique, and some of these tips may not apply to you. It is always best to seek personal advice from your own healthcare provider!