Believe it or not, pregnancy can be an ideal time for a holiday.
Often known as a babymoon, taking a holiday during pregnancy is a chance to escape from everyday life and take some much-needed time for yourself.
There’s a bit more to think about when you’re expecting, so read this list of dos and don’ts before you choose your holiday and you won’t have to worry.
Do: Talk to your partner about where you want to go
This is the last time you’ll spend time away as a family of two, so the first thing to do is decide where you want to go. You might have different ideas about what you want to get out of this holiday, so talk about your wishes and figure out which destinations suit you both.
Don’t: Travel too early or too close to your due date
Pick your timings carefully. Too early on in your pregnancy and you might still be feeling the effects of morning sickness; too late and you may not be able to fly.
Most experts agree the best time to go on holiday when you’re pregnant is during the second trimester, when your body has adjusted to all the new pregnancy hormones, but you still have enough energy to fully enjoy yourself.
Do: Talk to your doctor before you book anything
Even if your pregnancy has been free from complications, a doctor’s reassurance is invaluable. They’ll be able to address any concerns, give you travel advice, and check your health.
Your doctor will also be able to give you clearance to fly if you need it. Most airlines require a signed letter from 28 weeks onwards, but it’s a good idea to have one regardless of how far along you are. Cabin crew have the right to stop you from boarding if they think you’ll put yourself or the health of other passengers at risk, so it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Don’t: Travel for more than a couple of hours
Travelling is tiring at the best of times, never mind when you’re pregnant. Ease the stress by picking a destination a short flight away, or why not take a road trip and enjoy a staycation instead?
Do: Treat yourself
Naturally you’ll want to save most of your money for your new arrival, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use some of your holiday budget for a treat. Whether it’s a prenatal treatment at a spa or staying in a fancier hotel or villa than usual, now’s the time to look after yourself.
Don’t: Expect a carefree getaway
Chances are you’ll have a fun holiday, but there’s a lot more to think about when you’re pregnant, so you’ll need to take care. Holidaysafe’s pregnancy travel guide suggests being sensible about the food you eat (avoid anything that’s not cooked properly) and staying hydrated. You’ll also need to avoid adventure activities that could harm you and your unborn baby.
Despite the restrictions, you’ll still be able to enjoy yourself. Now’s the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet. You deserve it.
Where would you go on holiday if you were pregnant? Have you ever had a babymoon before? Let us know in the comments.