Travel can be frustrating at the best of times. Add in a pregnancy and you’ve got the potential for a whole load of stress — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Plan in advance and you’ll be well on your way to the relaxing holiday you deserve. Here are four things you can do to make pregnant travel easier for yourself.
1. Pick the break that best suits you
Talk to your travel companion about what you both want out of your experience, then tailor the holiday accordingly. Do you want to just lay by the pool all day and revel in doing nothing? Or do you feel up to doing some sightseeing? Maybe a mix of both?
Pregnancy can be challenging to say the least, so now’s the time to really look after your wellbeing and treat yourself. Holidaysafe have a list of potential travel ideas in the second chapter of their pregnancy travel guide.
2. Book your holiday for the second trimester
It’s universally agreed that the second trimester is the safest and most comfortable time for a pregnant woman to travel.
There’s a higher chance of miscarriage in the first trimester, plus morning sickness and nausea mean you probably won’t want to stray too far from the sofa, let alone the country.
The third trimester, meanwhile, is when you’ll become fatigued much more easily. It’s also better to be closer to home nearer your due date, just in case you need to see a doctor.
3. Gather all your documents and store them in one place
Know where you can find everything will make going through the airport, getting onto the plane and checking into your accommodation that much easier, which you’ll appreciate when travelling.
Travel documents you will need:
⦁ A doctor’s letter that confirms the start date of your pregnancy and gives you permission to fly.
⦁ Your doctor’s contact details.
⦁ A copy of your maternity notes.
⦁ Contact details for and directions to the nearest medical facility to where you’re staying.
⦁ A copy of your travel insurance policy. Make sure you disclose any pregnancy-related conditions and take out a policy which covers medical emergencies, childbirth, and repatriation. Chances are your trip will go smoothly, but peace of mind is priceless.
Don’t forget all the usual travel documents like your passport, tickets, and visa (if applicable), and keep everything in your hand luggage so the staff can see it if they need to.
(Worried about flying? Baby Centre’s Flying While Pregnant page answers some of the most frequently asked questions.)
4. Carry snacks and water wherever you go
You never know when you’re going to feel thirsty or peckish, so food and water are a must.
Buy a refillable bottle and drink from it frequently to stay hydrated, especially if you’re heading to a hot destination. Portable snacks like fruit pots and packets of crackers are easy to pack, and are good for boosting energy levels and quelling nausea respectively.
For more suggestions, read Bump’s guide to healthy pregnancy snacks and see what you can put together.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.