I’ve written lots about traveling with kids or flying with a baby but what about the step before that? What about traveling pregnant? I think traveling during your pregnancy can be a great way to enjoy some couple time, see the world and get some peace and quiet before your little one arrives. But what do you need to think about before you head off on your trip? We’ve got you covered — here are four things you need to prepare for.
You need to speak to your doctor
Your doctor will be able to advise you on your travel plans, including on whether your potential destination(s) are suitable to visit during pregnancy.
Generally speaking, the closer to home the better, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go on a staycation (although that can be a fun way to see more of your own country!) A two-or-three-hour flight will get you far away enough to feel like you’ve escaped everyday life, but it’s not so far that the journey there and back will be uncomfortable when traveling pregnant.
Speaking of flying, your doctor will also let you know whether it’s okay for you to fly or not. If your pregnancy has been complication-free then you should be fine, but it depends on individual circumstances.
They can write you a letter clearing you to fly, dated 7–10 days before you travel. This is useful for the airline staff, who have the power to stop you from boarding a flight if they believe your presence puts you or other passengers at risk. A doctor’s letter will put their minds at ease — and is compulsory for some airlines, so do check.
Also make sure to bring any medication you are on and a doctor’s note that confirms your need for said meds as well as the dose you are taking. This really makes things easier in certain countries or emergencies.
Some people also suffer from increased acne during pregnancy so be sure to pack any important cosmetics and creams for your travels. Also, don’t forget that your skin burns quicker when you’re pregnant. Consider a higher SPF and make sure to top up more regularly than usual, so you don’t remember your babymoon because of a horrific sunburn but because of your unforgettable memories.
Think about the perfect time to travel during your pregnancy
The first trimester is often memorable for the morning sickness and nausea which accompanies it – you may not be in the mood for travelling at that time.
The third trimester, meanwhile, is when exhaustion really starts to kick in, so you may not fancy travelling then, either.
Your best bet is the second trimester when your hormones have settled down and you still have enough energy to enjoy the experience to the full.
Get travel insurance when traveling pregnant
A good travel insurance policy is essential. It must cover your pregnancy, and it also has to cover any medical conditions that you have as a result of your pregnancy. If you already have an existing policy, check to see whether you’re covered (and make sure you upgrade if not).
It can be tempting to avoid getting travel insurance altogether, but it’s not worth the risk, especially when you’re expecting a baby. The cost of medical treatment abroad can be incredibly high for minor injuries, let alone any pregnancy complications or a premature birth. Protect yourself, both for your health and your peace of mind.
Bring your maternity notes with you
Keep a copy of your maternity notes with you at all times. They detail the entire history of your pregnancy and include important information like your blood type and the results of any tests or scans.
Most trips taken during pregnancy (now often referred to as babymoons) are free from stress. However, if you do need treatment while you’re away, being able to give your notes to the doctors and nurses will speed up the process and means you may not need to take certain blood or urine tests. The notes can be understood by medical staff around the world, so you can be assured they’ll know the best way to help you.