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. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
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.
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,