Travelling and holidays during pregnancy

Traveling and holidays during pregnancy
Traveling and holidays during pregnancy

Why not take the opportunity to have one last holiday alone with your husband? Travelling during pregnancy shouldn't be a problem, especially if it's in your first or second trimester. The information here should tell you everything you need to know about traveling during pregnancy, including flying when pregnant.

Travelling and holidays during pregnancy

Going abroad when pregnant

There are a few things you need to do before you set off. Make sure that your travel insurance covers pregnancy and a newborn in case the baby arrives early.

Flying during pregnancy?

Check with your doctor that it's still safe for you to fly. If you're going to be making your return journey between 28 to 32 weeks of pregnancy, it's most likely that the airline will need a letter from your doctor confirming that you're fit to fly. Airlines can have differing rules when it comes to allowing mums-to-be on their planes, so it's best to check before you book.

This also applies to ferry crossings. Some ferry companies prefer you to seek medical advice if you're less than 12 weeks pregnant, and provide a medical certificate if you're more than 28 weeks gone. So always check with the company you've booked with.

When you're in the air

Flying when pregnant slightly increases your chance of getting deep vein thrombosis – in fact any long car, bus or train journey can too. But there's no need to panic and cancel your trip! The odds of it happening are very low. Just follow these tips and everything should be OK:

  • Check if your airline provides flight socks, if they don't, buy a pair as they reduce the chances of DVT developing. In fact, you can wear these socks for any long journey.
  • Avoid coffee and tea but drink plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated.
  • Take a walk down the aisles every hour or so to encourage good circulation, but hold on to keep your balance and prevent a fall.
  • Flex your feet up and down regularly throughout your journey.

You may be more likely to suffer travel sickness so try a pair of travel sickness bands or take crystallised ginger for the journey. Most importantly, have plenty of rest.

When you're on holiday

OK so you've arrived, unpacked and are desperate to head out. But before rushing out follow our advice and you'll holiday with total peace of mind:

  • Take all your medical notes, insurance policy
  • Always carry a list of names and numbers of people you should call in case of emergency, like your parents.
  • Keep a list of the locations of nearby hospitals with you – you could get this from the local embassy, tourist board or hotel/place you're staying at.
  • Wear a higher than normal factor of sunscreen and avoid staying in the sun for too long as your skin is far more sensitive during pregnancy.
  • Avoid mosquito repellents containing DEET. Try natural alternatives such as citronella oil or use nets.
  • Avoid diving and water sports.

Are car airbags safe?

The quick answer is yes! However you may want to move your seat back from the dashboard or steering wheel (or tilt the steering wheel downward) so that it's further away from your stomach.

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