4 Considerations to Bear in Mind For Travelling While Pregnant
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The babymoon is becoming more and more popular, and it’s easy to see why. A chance to get some well deserved rest and relaxation before your little one arrives, it’s also an opportunity to see more of the world and spend quality time with your partner.
Is pregnant travel possible? Most definitely, but it’s natural to have concerns. Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered with this guest post. Here are four questions to ask yourself before you set off on your journey.
1. Which trimester are you in?
If your GP clears you to travel, then the second trimester is by far the best time to go. The sickness from the first trimester will have normally settled down by this point, but the exhaustion of the third trimester won’t quite have hit you (plus most airlines don’t permit you to travel once you reach 34 weeks).
Many expectant mothers report having the most energy around the second trimester — I certainly did — so make the most of it if travelling is something you really want to do.
To do things at your own pace. It’s okay to slow down if you need to.
The second trimester is the time where your pregnancy really starts to show. If you’ll be away for longer than a week or so, take loose-fitting clothing that you and your bump can grow into.
2. What do you want from your time away?
Is it the chance to get some peace and quiet before your little one arrives? Or do you want to go exploring while you’re still child-free? Do you want a holiday, or do you want to travel to several different places on the same trip?
Talk to your partner or travel companion about what you’d both like to get out of the experience. You’ll be better equipped to plan your getaway and get what you both want out of it.
3. How heavy is your luggage?
According to Baby Centre, carrying heavy objects while you’re pregnant can lead to straining, particularly in your back and pelvis, and in severe cases, it can also lead to prolapse.
Naturally, you’re not going to want to haul around heavy bags, so pack light and choose a suitcase with four wheels (the ones that spin 360 degrees). That way you can just roll it along with minimal effort.
To ask staff on the plane and at the hotel for assistance with your luggage if you need help.
4. Do you have your maternity notes?
Keep your maternity notes with you at all times. They detail all the information about your pregnancy and can be understood by medical staff worldwide, which enables them to treat you quickly if you need medical care away from home.
This is a contributed post. The author, Claire, is a mum-of-one from the UK who took time off during her pregnancy to fulfil her dream of travelling around Europe. She is currently enjoying family time at home and planning her next trip — with baby in tow.