Traveling while Pregnant? How to Ensure You Stay Safe

Traveling while Pregnant? How to Ensure You Stay Safe

This collaborative post was brought to you by freelance writer James. James has always been a weekend traveler. She used to go with her brothers on camping and fishing tours. She’s currently finishing her masters degree in Forestry and Environmental studies and works as a freelance writer for a few travel and pro-environment websites. She’s been to European and North American countries though she’s planning to tour around Asia once she’s done with her studies.  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Whether you’re planning a gentle sightseeing tour or a spa break for some peace and quiet before your little one arrives, going on holiday while you’re pregnant gives you the chance to relax and take a breather. Now more than ever is the time to treat yourself, so get ready for your trip with our tips on how to stay healthy while traveling.

1. Travel in your second trimester

The first trimester is often memorable for the morning sickness, while in the third you’ll be more tired and have a bigger baby bump to boot. However, problems are less likely to occur in the second trimester and you’ll still have a good amount of energy, so it’s the perfect time to get away and enjoy yourself for a few days.

2. Talk to your doctor

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor well in advance. They’ll be able to put your mind at ease, inform you of any necessary vaccinations, and write a letter clearing you to fly if you’re traveling by plane.

Clearance letters are compulsory for some airlines, should state the start date of your pregnancy, and must be dated no more than ten days before you fly. Even if your airline doesn’t require a letter, it’s better to have one — staff are allowed to stop you from boarding the flight if they think you pose a risk to yourself or other passengers.

3. Keep your maternity notes with you, just in case

Most trips are trouble-free, but a log of your pregnancy will help staff treat you quicker if you do require medical care away from home. Read more about understanding your maternity notes here.

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4. Choose the right travel insurance

Check that your policy covers pregnancy and consider taking out extra insurance if it doesn’t offer the level of cover you need. Let your provider know if you have any medical conditions directly related to your pregnancy.

5. Tell staff you’re pregnant

Tell the staff on the plane, tell the hotel… make sure everyone knows so they can offer extra help if need be.

6. Make sure you’re comfortable

Bring a pillow for your seat and/or your neck so you can get comfy as soon as you sit down. As tempting as it can be to stay put once you’re seated, stretching and walking at regular intervals will get the blood circulating and reduce the risk of a blood clot (often known as deep vein thrombosis).

According to Condé Nast Traveler, ‘simple stretches like flexing and relaxing your calf muscles and feet, rolling your ankles, and clenching and spreading out your toes’ can all help get the blood flowing’.


7. Take it easy

Now is not the time to climb a mountain or try other thrill-seeking activities. Places with a very high altitude can cause sickness, and anything that could result in a fall, like skiing, cycling, and contact sports, or in sudden movement (such as theme park rides) poses a risk to the health of you and your baby.

The best thing to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. If you want to stay active, swimming, walking, and gentle yoga are all good exercises for pregnant women. (Photo by Mischa Meier on Unsplash)

8. Eat well

While there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence while you’re on holiday, sticking to a balanced diet will be better in the long run. Be sure to drink lots of bottled water and eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, protein (e.g. beans and pulses), and carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, pasta and cereals). A little low-fat dairy or a calcium-fortified dairy alternative is good for your bones.

Visit the NHS website to read about foods to avoid during pregnancy.

9. Sleep while you can

Go to bed at the same time every night (when possible) and try to wake up at the same time every day, aiming for 7-8 hours a night. Getting into a routine will make you feel more rested, adding to that relaxed holiday feeling.

What tips have you followed to have a safe trip while expecting? Where have you gone? Share your experiences with us.

Happy Travels be safe,


40 thoughts on “Traveling while Pregnant? How to Ensure You Stay Safe

  1. So many helpful tips, definilely going to share this with my cousin who is pregnant now 😀

  2. Somehow when I was pregnant both times, I didn’t travel at all. This will be super helpful incase one day I will travel while pregnant. I also have a lot of friends that could benefit from this post. I’ll be sure to share.

  3. I admire your article and you putting the info out there for women who are pregnant and want to travel

  4. Telling people you’re preggo is a great tip- at least that way everyone is in the loop!

  5. Yes , the First tip is the most important one . Even My Dr. told me as best time to visit is 2nd Trisem .. I went to china for 7 days trip and thanks to good everything went well. .. Your article helps in busting the Myth that long travel is not possible for pregnant women’s .

    • I am glad you were able to connect with our article. You are right pregnant women can travel they just need to take the proper measures to ensure their safety and the safety of their bundle of joy. Hope you had a wonderful time in China.

  6. These are some great tips. I did a lot of traveling in my first pregnancy and it was absolutely exhausting!

  7. These are great tips! Passing them along to my preggo friends.

  8. Awesome tips! I’m glad you’re traveling safely! Any travel is quite a blessing, even while pregnant!

  9. I hope to travel when I am pregnant, because I don’t want my life to stop when a baby is growing in there! I want to take the baby on adventures before he/she even meets the world!

  10. These tips are wonderful!! I wish I had found them before I traveled pregnant I most definitely could have used these helpful tips!! I’ll be passing these along to some pregnant friends who are traveling this holiday season!

  11. Sometimes you can board a plane in the first wave if you are pregnant. I traveled by plane when I was pregnant with #4 and I was able to board early

  12. These are all really great tips, especially taking care of yourself and letting others know you may need the extra help! I never really traveled when I was pregnant, but I completely agree that the second trimester would probably be the most comfortable option to most women. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great info here! Sleeping while you can is just so important especially while traveling! During travel not very many things are routine, so trying to get as much rest as you can will definitely make for a happy and rested trip!

  14. I’m too scared to be pregnant, seems like it will hurt. But these are some great tips for pregnant women. I will save this one for the future!

  15. Bernadette Callahan

    Definitely all good ideas! Having a doctor note handy is always a good time saver.

  16. These are really great tips! Tips I wish I had while traveling to Hawaii during my third trimester, with little to know sleep and two kids! LOL . . . unfortunately that trip didn’t have a lot of planning allowed since it was Military BUT I learned my lesson and these are tips I will definitely put to use should I be in that situation again.

  17. So many great tips. I wanted to travel when I was pregnant with my son at about 6 months. I was high risk, so my doctor said not to.
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  18. These are such an awesome helpful tips for traveling while pregnant. It is really hard to travel while pregnant due to our hormonal imbalance. We do really need to talk to our doctor and ask permission whether if you can travel or not.

  19. Make sure you’re comfortable, sleep while you can, travel in your second trimester are tips each expectant mother should keep handy. I only recently learned of this when I asked a friend if she was travelling home to have her baby and she said it is not advised since she is in her final trimester. These are good tips to have.
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  20. The staff is usually highly trained for this kind of situations so I would say this is a must do 🙂 Great article

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