The term ‘babymoon’ became popular only a few years ago when pregnant celebrities began taking a holiday to relax before their newborn baby arrived. More recently the topic of babymoons resurfaced due to the risk of the Zika virus. If you search for tips on travelling while pregnant online today you will be offered a million or more articles to look through.
But the thought of having to scan through so many articles for the right tips and advice shouldn’t put you off planning your babymoon. In many cases, travelling while pregnant can be safe and it gives you the chance to enjoy yourself with close friends or your partner before a baby turns your world around.
Fast Cover travel insurance recently created an infographic on preparing for a babymoon, with some choice tips to make planning simpler. Here are some of the tips you can use to be safer and properly enjoy travelling while pregnant.
Pick the right time to travel
During your first trimester there’s often a higher risk of miscarriage and you might have regular bouts of morning sickness. During the third trimester you may feel a bit more uncomfortable with a larger belly, travel insurance companies, cruise lines and airlines may also restrict your travel and you have a higher risk of pre-term labor. Luckily, during the second trimester morning sickness is less common and the risks of travelling are often reduced. So plan to travel during the second trimester, so long as your doctor says you’re okay to go.
Find a suitable destination
When you’re pregnant, it’s not the ideal time to travel to a rural location or a hot environment. Choose a destination with a temperate climate, easy access to medical care and a higher level of sanitation (no one wants to get food poisoning, especially expecting mums). Example destinations include Ireland, London, Rome, Paris, or perhaps somewhere more local you’ve never been before.
Get cover for pregnancy in travel insurance
Not all travel insurance policies provide cover for pregnancy, but it is important to find one that can in case you do have a medical emergency related to pregnancy. Travel insurance that provide cover for pregnancy can often include cover for unexpected expenses such as doctor’s bills and hospitalization costs if you experience a condition such as pre-eclampsia and hyperemesis gravidarum. They can also provide emergency assistance, such as transferring you to a hospital or getting you back home if required. Be sure to read the Product Disclosure Statement (referred to as the PDS) so that you understand the benefits and limitations of your policy.
What you should talk to your doctor about
You should only consider travelling if your doctor tells you it is safe. Get your doctor to give you an antenatal check, review your medical history and explain the risks of the destination you might go to before you travel.
Check airline, cruise line and tour company regulations
Airlines, cruise lines and tour groups may not allow you to travel beyond a certain number of weeks pregnant. For example, many airlines won’t allow you to fly past 36 weeks pregnant when it is a single baby pregnancy. If you’re having twins or more, you could be restricted to travelling before 32 weeks of pregnancy. Research these restrictions beforehand and remember to take along the details of your pregnancy and any medications you take when you travel.
Finalize your packing list
Pack all your comfy items for travelling, including flat shoes, loose fitted shirts and pants. But also remember your medical essentials. Prepare any regular medications or vitamins you’ll need to take. Print off copies of your travel insurance policy which has the emergency assistance numbers you can use, your regular doctor’s contact details and the contact details of the nearest doctor and hospital at your destination.
Be healthy while in transit
Whether you’re flying or cruising, remember to keep hydrated and have healthy snacks such as dried fruit and plain crackers with you. It is also a good idea to stretch about every half hour if you’re flying. Also look into the best place to sit on a plane or the best cabin on a cruise for you. An aisle seat on a plane means easier access to the bathroom, while a cabin in the middle of a cruise ship may mean you reduce feelings of seasickness.
Be cautious around local food
Ensure you know whether the local water is safe to drink or if you should stick to bottled water. Also avoid the foods your doctor advises you against, such as rare meats, soft cheeses, pates and any street food which may make you sick.
Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you should lie down for the whole time! Light exercise including walking to explore your holiday destination, yoga and swimming can help you keep active and fit.