With the rise in babymoons, expectant parents are taking some much-needed alone time before things change and life becomes a bit more hectic. You might find getting away with a baby challenging, so make the most of being able to jet off for a few days to relax! Holidaying during your pregnancy might leave you with some questions or worries, but if you take the proper precautions, you can often travel safely well into your pregnancy.
Talk to the experts
It’s always best to talk to your doctor, midwife or medical advisor before making plans to go away. There are different guidelines for different airlines regarding how far along you in your pregnancy you can be to fly safely with them, so this is also something to consider. Make sure you’re up to date with any vaccinations and you’re safe to travel to your chosen destination. Talking to your doctor can help put your mind at ease when it comes to knowing you’ll be safe, there’s also a lot of information available from the NHS website.
If you already have your destination in mind or you’ve already booked to go, then take some time to research the area you’ll be staying and the things you’ll need to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. Even details such as transfer times should be considered, maybe look at hiring a car from the airport as a better option. Check out the facilities within your area, for example how close are the beaches, are they in walking distance? Maybe the hotel has a wellness spa that you could make the most of, for some well deserved me time. Taking a look at this before you travel means you’ll have a better understanding of what’s available during your stay.
Get the right cover
If you want to holiday with the peace of mind that should you need to claim for anything, you can, you need to ensure that you have the right cover, so getting travel insurance for pregnancy is key. The policies will differ slightly from usual travel insurance policies, so take some time to find the right one for you, ensuring it covers your destination and any other medical conditions. Getting this organised early, ahead of time means you won’t be panicking about it last minute, so add this to your to do list early on.
Food and drink abroad
It’s important to take care when you’re abroad when it comes to food and drink, as stomach upsets can be common and unfortunately a lot of the medications used to treat these aren’t suitable during pregnancy. It’s advised that you always check if the tap water is safe, and if you have any doubt then drink bottled water. If you do get ill, remember to keep hydrated and continue eating as you’ll need your strength. The usual rules still apply with foods to avoid, so try to stick to fresh foods that are cooked in sight if possible, or as freshly as possible.