Top tips for pregnant travellers

Pregnancy and travel

Being pregnant shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on life’s pleasures, such as holidays. 

However, expecting a baby will have an impact on your plans, from your destination choice to your vaccination decisions. 

That’s why we’ve come up with our top 10 considerations for pregnant travellers. Read on to ensure you have a safe, comfortable and relaxing break…

Pregnancy and travel

Before booking

1. Go for a short-haul destination

Long-haul flights can be uncomfortable during pregnancy, so you might want to opt for a destination in the UK or Europe to minimise travel time. To avoid a long day of travel, go for an airport close to your home or stay near the airport overnight to break up the journey. 

2. Go in the second trimester

If you can, you should aim to travel in the sweet spot of pregnancy, when the initial nausea is over but you’re not yet feeling uncomfortably large or exhausted. It’s best to avoid the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when risk of miscarriage is at its peak.

3. Research vaccination requirements

Before you book your holiday, check if vaccinations are required and whether these are suitable for pregnant women. The lowest-risk option is to avoid places known for diseases like malaria, dengue fever or zika virus, but if you do decide to travel, ask your doctor about how to protect yourself.

4. Avoid travel after 37 weeks

Most airlines will only allow pregnant women to fly until the end of their 36th week of pregnancy – 32 weeks if you’re expecting twins. After this point, you could go into labour at any time and a cramped seat on an aeroplane a 30,000 above the ground is not the ideal location!

On the flight

5. Keep moving

There is no evidence that taking a flight while pregnant has a harmful effect, but you can take some precautions to reduce some of the potential health risks. Changes in air pressure might make your legs swell and cause a build-up of fluid in the ear or nose. Wear loose clothing, elastic anti-deep vein thrombosis (DVT) stockings and move around during the flight as much as you can.

6. Drink plenty of water

Take regular sips of water during the flight. Air humidity on a plane is around 15%, compared to 50% on ground level, so it’s important to drink plenty, even if it does mean repeated trips to the loo.

At your destination

7. Pack comfortable clothes

Last year’s summer dress and bikini might not fit your growing bump, so don’t leave it until the last minute to review your summer wardrobe. Take a range of comfortable clothes, light layers and flat shoes. 

8. Guard against food poisoning

If you’re pregnant, you will probably already be avoiding certain foods. Use your common sense to avoid a tummy bug when you travel: know what you’re eating and go to reputable restaurants where locals take their children.

9. Take it easy

If you book your holiday a long time in advance, you might not appreciate how your growing bump will affect your energy levels. If you’re used to action-packed holidays charging around the sights, you might want to adjust your expectations, plan more rest stops and choose to visit a smaller number of attractions. 

Pregnancy and travel

Wherever you choose to spend your holiday, it pays to have peace of mind so you can fully relax. Travel insurance can protect you from unexpected medical bills, cancellations, lost luggage and more. Contact Computerquote to arrange your travel insurance today. 

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Published: 21st April 2016 (RB)