Traveling While Pregnant
Traveling While Pregnant
Although I am an advocate for traveling with babies and young children, and I insist in the fact that it is possible, the truth is that traveling while pregnant is MUCH easier.
Baby moons are typical as the romantic get-away before the baby arrives. Couples tend to think that it’ll be their last opportunity to travel – for sure it does not have to be the last! Read this post with my top reasons why traveling with a baby is great!
There is much more to traveling while pregnant than just one baby moon. Assuming you’ve had a normal pregnancy and both you and your baby are totally healthy, then traveling often while pregnant is totally feasible.
Depending on the way you are feeling, traveling while pregnant in the first trimester can either be very easy or a bit more challenging. Morning sickness (or all day sickness as many prefer to call it) can be a burden. It really depends on how bad your morning sickness is, the way you manage ir, and what your own limits are.
Other than worrying about morning sickness, traveling while pregnant during the first trimester should not be any different than regular travel – except of course you have to watch what you eat, ensure it has been properly cooked and prepared, and say goodbye to the glasses of wine.
If food is an issue, then a good suggestion is to stay at an Airbnb or similar kind of apartment so that you can prepare you own meals and stay 100% safe.
With morning sickness over (hopefully!) traveling while pregnant in the second trimester may be even easier than during the first. By this time you are still having decent sleep and feeling well enough to walk. This may be the best time to travel while pregnant.
Airlines usually let you travel up to week 32 of your pregnancy. However, this is simply because the airline will not risk an emergency landing if anything were to happen. Technically, traveling even late in pregnancy brings no risk to you or your baby. This is, of course, assuming you have had a normal pregnancy and that both you and your baby in great health and condition. Also, you should always consult with your doctor.
Let’s vote! What’s the least worst option for traveling while pregnant? Answer below with A, B or C … A) Air flight. You’ll be uncomfortable and your feet will swell (even more) but at least you’ll get it over and done with quickly. B) Road trip. Takes longer but at least you can stop whenever you need to stretch your legs out. C) High Speed Train. Quicker than a road trip, and you can get up and walk around when needed. I’ll tell you my response later… . . . 📍Montpellier, France 🇫🇷 📆July 2015 #PregnantTravel #FamilyTravel #Happy #VeryPregnant #BabyBump
Traveling while pregnant in your third trimester may be a bit more challenging, especially depending on how big you have become. Sleeping is not easy, especially if you use a gigantic pregnancy sleeping pillow (I don’t think it will be very practical to take that with you on an airplane!). Walking is not that easy either – although it is recommended!
Even if you have an initial plan, make sure you allow for flexibility. That way you can change things around to better suit your needs at the moment. For example, we took a road trip through the south of France when I was 8 months pregnant. We had a general idea of what places we wanted to go to, but we made the final choices as we moved along, depending on my comfort levels.
I haven’t stopped thinking about what happened in Barcelona and recalling our trip there when I was about 30 weeks pregnant and ready to pop. What if this had happened while we were there? How would I have escaped, lugging this enormous belly with me? I’m still in shock and this has made me reflect on what I’d do if I were in an attack like this. A while back I translated a post written by @momfarfromhome about how to react during shootings, attacks and emergency situations in general. Thank you Rachel for letting me translate this to Spanish, as I think it’s a very important message to spread. The link is in the bio, I sincerely hope you read it, and at the same time, hope you never have to use these tips in your life. 📍La Rambla, Barcelona, Mercado La Boquería. * * * #LaRambla #LasRamblas #Barcelona #BarcelonaAttack #LasRamblasTerrorAttack #LoveBarcelona #Spain #Pregnant #Market #PregnantTravel
Like I said before, airlines place restrictions on traveling while pregnant and most of them won’t let you board the aircraft beyond week 32, although the regulations are different for each company. We traveled to Ibiza at 30 weeks, and I asked my doctor to write a certificate stating that I was fit for flying. I took this along with me in case there were any problems. Luckily I didn’t have to use it, but it is a good idea to ask your doctor to make you a note like this, just in case.
#throwback to when I was 8 months #pregnant and strolling (rolling) around the twisted, wobbly stoned allies of Gordes, south of France. My elephant feet are a bit embarrassing, and more than a pose I think this was me truly trying to hold on! … the very beginning of #ababyabroad …. where have you traveled to when pregnant? #travelmom #traveler #travelwithbaby #preggo #babybump #france #gordes #roadtrip #stone #travelblog #travelblogger #instatravel
Towards the end of the pregnancy, when I was not able to fly any more, we decided to take a road trip. We rented a car, which gave us independence and the option to stop and go based on my needs and comfort.
If traveling locally, then make sure you can get medical attention if you need it wherever you are going to be. If traveling abroad, get an international health insurance that will cover any special treatments you may potentially need, and emergency medical transport.
What’s your best tip for traveling when pregnant? Mine is: JUST DO IT! There will come a point where no matter where you’re sleeping, what you’re wearing, or what you’re doing, you will STILL be completely uncomfortable. So, might as well be uncomfortable in a spectacular place… At 31 weeks pregnant, this was the last trip we took on an airplane, until moving from Spain to China almost 4 months later, with a three month old squirmy, squiggly, baobao. Did you know there is no real medical reason for which not to travel during the last stages of pregnancy? *Given you have had a totally normal pregnancy and your doctor says it’s fine…. OF COURSE!!! Airlines just don’t want to risk you going into labor mid flight and having to re-accommodate all those passengers (it’s understandable). 📍Formentera, Spain… how I miss this country! * * * #Pregant #PregnantTravel #ReadyToPop #BabyMoon
Do you have any other tips for traveling while pregnant?