The babymoon (a holiday pregnant women take before their baby arrives) is becoming more and more popular, and rightly so — you deserve a break, after all.
There’s plenty for you to take into consideration when you’re going to travel whilst pregnant, but a little extra planning is all you need to prepare for a well-earned holiday. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you jet off.
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Where will you go?
Choosing a destination is fun, but pregnancy naturally means that you’ll be more cautious. Here are some things to consider:
Most pregnant women prefer to stay closer to home when they’re expecting, but this doesn’t mean you can’t go abroad. A two or three-hour flight is enough to get you out of the country, but not so far away that it’ll be difficult to get home, and you won’t have to spend too much time cooped up on the plane.
Alternatively, a staycation can be a good way to see more of your own country and the journey is likely to be shorter, too.
It’s safer to get necessary vaccinations than not, but it’s even safer to go somewhere where you don’t need any vaccinations at all. Always consult your doctor beforehand.
Some women may welcome warm sunshine; others may prefer to stay in the shade or visit somewhere with a more moderate climate. The weather has the potential to make or break a holiday, so think carefully about what kind of temperatures you prefer (and what you’d rather avoid).
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When will you travel?
The way pregnancy affects your body changes as time goes on, and this is something to take into consideration when you’re deciding when to travel.
Generally, the best time to go is during your second trimester. The first trimester is often memorable for all the wrong reasons — morning sickness and strange food cravings — while the third is when you really start to get tired more easily.
During the second trimester, your hormones will have settled down and you’ll have more energy (although do take a break whenever you need one).
Do you have a doctor’s note?
Always seek advice from your doctor prior to pregnant travel. They’ll be able to put your mind at ease, advise you on the best course of action, and write you a letter giving you permission to fly.
This letter is important because airline staff is able to prevent you from boarding a flight if they believe your pregnancy puts you and/or the safety of the other passengers in danger. A doctor’s note, dated 7–10 days before you fly, will reassure them.
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Do you have travel insurance?
Unfortunately, not all policies cover pregnancy, so make sure yours does. Check your existing policy, if you have one, and be prepared to upgrade it or buy a new one.
You may be asking yourself if there’s any point in taking out insurance, but traveling without it is not worth the risk. The cost of medical treatment away from home can be very expensive for minor injuries, let alone any health scares caused by pregnancy.
Did you know?
Your travel insurance policy must also cover any illnesses caused by your pregnancy, otherwise, any claims you make could be invalidated.
What do you want to do on your holiday?
Finally, don’t forget to think about what you (and your partner and/or travel companion) want out of your pregnant travel experience. Do you want to do nothing but relax all day? Do you want to do some exploring while you’re somewhere new?
A babymoon is a perfect way to spend quality time with your partner, so talk about your expectations and start planning the itinerary for your perfect break.
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