Traveling when pregnant: 7 things to consider

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Travelling when you’re pregnant can be a rewarding and relaxing experience. But many mums-to-be worry about the logistics and risks of going away when they’re carrying a baby. To ease the concerns and convince you about the benefits of going on a holiday when you’re pregnant, we’ve got seven things for you to consider:

1.  Choose your destination carefully

You might usually love an active adventure holiday, but trips when you’re pregnant are more about relaxing. Choose a destination that’s easy to get around and offers peace and quiet. You’ve got years of family resorts to come. While you can, treat yourself to somewhere that’s laid-back and stress-free.

2.  Talk to your doctor

Before you’re ready to book anything, double-check your plans with your doctor or obstetrician. Typically, they recommend you don’t travel domestically after 36 weeks of pregnancy, or internationally after 35 weeks. But it’s important you confirm what’s right for your pregnancy, as everyone’s experiences are different.

3.  Vaccinations

Depending on where you’re travelling to, you might need to get vaccinations. However, some vaccines are not safe to use in pregnancy. It’s vital to discuss any risks with your doctor or midwife before you travel.  You might need to reassess where you’re travelling to based on their advice.

4.  Consider the mode of transportation

Pregnancy is a time when spending a little more money on transportation is a good idea. If you can, try not to be stuck in a cramped space for long periods of time. Pregnancy can cause circulation problems, so when flying, try to get the aisle seat so you can get up and walk around every hour, wear loose clothing, and drink plenty of bottled water.

5.  Schedule in breaks when you’re travelling

Listen to what your body needs, and stop to rest when necessary. Schedule in extra time for your travels, as well on your day trips, to make sure you’re not having to rush or stress. It’s perfectly fine to be active on holiday when you’re pregnant – taking a sightseeing city break, for example – as long as you allocate this extra time.

6.  Let people know you’re pregnant

Wherever you go, you should let people know you’re pregnant. Everyone starts showing at different times so it is important that they people around you know that you’re pregnant. People tend to be more cautious and patient when they realise you’re pregnant so it is a smart move to share your happy news, especially in crowded places. What’s more, at airport check-ins, you’ll have more chance of getting an aisle seat.

7.  Dress comfortably

Of course, you’ll want to look great in your holiday pictures. But when travelling pregnant, your priorities change somewhat. For summer travel make sure you pack enough comfortable maternity wear – maxi dresses are a great choice and don’t forget flip flops or sandals, as well as a sun hat.   For travel to colder climates think about ditching style and go with what is comfortable—sweaters, oversized coats, boot socks, hats and mittens.

Did you travel while you were pregnant? Share your recommendations and advice with us.

About the Author

World Footprints co-Founder Tonya Fitzpatrick

Tonya Fitzpatrick is the co-founder of World Footprints Media.  An almost “recovering attorney”, she found her purpose as a cultural connector and shares messages about our common humanity on TEDx and international stages.  Tonya  enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian.   She has a deep love for animals and would be happy owning a zoo if she weren’t traveling.