Are you looking to get away for one last trip before a little one arrives? These trips, commonly known as Baby Moon’s, are becoming more and more popular and can be a great way to relax and unwind in preparation for the excitement there is to come.
Whilst a trip away itself can clear the mind, the travel to the destination can be anything but. Travel can be stressful for everyone, let alone a pregnant woman.
Here are our top travel preparation tips for pregnant women.
This is one of the most important points when planning a holiday whilst pregnant for a number of reasons;
- Check your chosen destination is safe to visit with a low risk of food born illnesses. It is recommended that pregnant women do not travel to locations where vaccinations are needed. If this cannot be avoided, discuss with your GP first.
- How long will it take to travel to your chosen destination? Long haul can be extremely uncomfortable for a pregnant woman, so it is recommended to travel within perhaps a 4-hour flight time.
- Is there a long transfer from the airport to the chosen resort or hotel? In some countries it can take one to many hours to reach a resort, which further adds to discomfort and tiredness.
- Is your chosen hotel off the beaten track? If there should be an emergency, how easy would it be reach medical facilities?
All of these things could turn a relaxing trip into something quite uncomfortable, so best to plan carefully.
For almost all travel insurance policies, a pregnancy itself is not covered. However, pregnancy related sickness or accident will be. This could include needing medicine or hospital treatment connected to the pregnancy.
To find out more about our travel insurance for pregnant women, please visit our site here.
Should you need to seek medical advice whilst you are on vacation, the doctors or nurses will want to know how the pregnancy has been going, including the due date. We recommend taking a copy of your notes, which you can request from your GP.
Pregnancies often cause women to urinate more, sweat more, and they may end up drinking a little less. Planes are very dry places, so make sure to keep well hydrated!
Pregnant women are more prone to blood clots, so it is important not to sit down for too long at a time. As often as possible, get up, have a stretch and a walk about if possible. Support stockings which help the blood flow in your legs are also an option to consider.
Feet can swell on a plane, whether pregnant or not, and as pregnancy can cause this anyway, it is best to keep the shoes as loose as possible to avoid discomfort. Similar with tight or restrictive clothing, these can be very uncomfortable when travelling. Preparing well for a baby moon can be the difference between a relaxing and worry-free holiday, and an uncomfortable stressful one. I’m sure we all know which type of holiday you would prefer!