5 Common Questions About Pregnant Travel
Travelling when you’re pregnant can be lovely, just think of all those beautiful bump shots with the ocean as a backdrop you could take. It’s totally normal to have concerns though— after all, you’re not just thinking about your health, but that of your unborn baby. I have travelled when pregnant and it was a great experience, unfortunately there’s no bump photos though as I didn’t really have one at that point (I was in the awkward in-between stage). Here are five of the most common questions about pregnant travel, plus all the answers you need. Enjoy your trip!
1. Is it safe to fly?
This all depends how far along you are in your pregnancy, but for the most part the answer is yes, as long as you:
- Wear your seatbelt under your bump, not across it
- Stretch at regular intervals
- Wear flight socks to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) developing
Most airlines need a letter from your doctor that confirms you’re fit to fly once you reach 28 weeks. You’ll be able to travel until you reach 36 weeks (32 weeks if you’re expecting twins).
2. Are some destinations better than others?
Yes. The less time it takes to get there, the better — travelling is especially exhausting when you’re pregnant. I went to Las Vegas and spent my first day there trying to recover from the flight, I was sooo tired. Try and choose a destination no more than a three-hour flight away, or take a road trip instead. A road trip gives you more freedom, since you can stop whenever you need to, plus you have the flexibility of travelling whenever you want to. It’s also advisable to pick somewhere where you won’t need vaccinations or malaria tablets. Live vaccinations can be harmful to your child (although if you need to make the trip, it’s better to have the vaccination than not).
Check out the Choosing a Holiday section of this pregnancy travel guide for some ideas about where to go.
3. Do I need to pack anything extra?
You’ll need a letter from your doctor clearing you to fly, plus a copy of your maternity notes. These are written so they can be understood by medical staff across the world and will speed up your treatment if you need to see a doctor while you’re away. Don’t forget to bring any medication, stored in its original packaging with the prescription.
4. Should I avoid certain foods?
The same rules apply abroad as they do at home. You need to avoid anything raw or undercooked, mouldy cheeses and cheeses with white rinds, and paté.
In some countries you’ll need to watch out for:
- Tap water (stick to bottled)
- Salad (it may have been rinsed in tap water)
5. What should I do on my trip?
Relax! Strenuous activities are off the table, although you can still take a gentle stroll on the beach, through the city or in the countryside, so sit back and enjoy not having to be anywhere or do anything while you still have the opportunity. The important thing is that you look after yourself and listen to your body. Rest when you need to and don’t be afraid of having the odd treat. You’ve earned it!
Do you have any questions about pregnant travel? Let me know in the comments!