You’ve had that much-anticipated timeshare holiday to the Caribbean booked for a year, but things are a little different now – you have a baby on the way, and you’re not sure what you can and can’t do.
Sound familiar? Travelling when pregnant can be confusing and sometimes stressful, so it’s better to know upfront what’s safest.
Depending on what stage in your pregnancy you’re at, you may still be able to jet off on your dream getaway, so here are our top travel tips for mums-to-be:
1) It’s recommended that women do not fly before 12 or after 28 weeks and airline rules vary, so it’s safest to check up front, as many won’t allow you to fly towards the end of your pregnancy.
2) If you think you are OK to fly, you can prepare for your trip by:
- Getting a doctor’s letter to confirm that you’re fit to fly
- Double check with your airline that you are still OK to fly – the varying airliners have differing rules.
- If you can, book a seat with more legroom. Failing that, arrive early at check-in to ensure you get allocated a good seat.
- Pack your European Health Insurance Card somewhere safe. Although this will not give you full medical coverage, it does entitle you to emergency care within the EU.
- Make sure your travel insurance provides you with adequate cover – some insurers only cover women until week 27 or 28 of pregnancy.
3) Once you’ve got the all-clear to fly, here are some ways to make your journey more comfortable:
- Get up and move around the plane every couple of hours or so.
- Consider wearing DVT socks and sandals incase your feet and ankles start to swell.
- Try to get as much sleep as possible.
- Eat plenty of healthy snacks and drink water, avoiding caffeine wherever you can. Pregnant women are more prone to dehydration.
4) Once you’re safely landed and ready to hit the beach, there are still plenty of ways in which you can make your holiday as enjoyable as possible:
· Wear a wide-brimmed hat and wear high SPF at all times – your skin is more sensitive to the sun’s rays during pregnancy.
· Avoid banana boats, jet skis, any diving or water based activity.
· Take a copy of your medical notes and insurance policy wherever you go.
· Before you leave to go on holiday, make sure you arm yourself with a list of local doctors, hospitals and the embassy with contact details and directions.