Travelling represents a unique experience for everyone. And, while a holiday or business trip can be both exciting and stressful, it is particularly so if you are travelling while pregnant. Whether you just wish to enjoy a vacation abroad or you need to go on a business trip that you cannot avoid, the first step is to speak to your doctor.
They will be able to advise about when is the best time during the pregnancy to travel and whether you are in the conditions to travel in all safety. If you are just looking to enjoy a family holiday, remember that there are plenty of ways to bring more adventure into your family life – including enjoying a trip not so far from home! Alternatively, check out the tips below to prepare for your upcoming departure.
Check Visa Requirements in Advance
If you are travelling abroad, you should make sure you fully understand the country’s entry requirements and visa obligations. For most countries, you can obtain a tourist visa within days, but applying in advance is always the optimal choice – especially when you are expecting!
Indeed, some countries apply different rules to pregnant women. For example, if you are travelling to the US while pregnant, you will need to navigate a specific visa application process.
Don’t Skimp on Comfort
When you are pregnant, your body is changing rapidly, and it is not uncommon for many pregnant women to feel uncomfortable. Increased fatigue, higher stress levels, leg cramps, sleep troubles, and back pain are just a few of the most common discomforts you should expect during your pregnancy journey.
However, if you are going on a holiday, you should do everything you can to feel at your best. So, make sure you pack all of your home comforts – including your pregnancy pillow and beauty products. Make sure you opt for a comfortable accommodation that offers luxury options such as pregnancy-friendly spa treatments.
Find Medical Resources
As we have seen, the first task to complete when planning a holiday is to check with your doctor. They will be able to tell you all you need to know for a safe and comfortable trip. Nonetheless, make sure you bring all of your medical records with you, buy a reliable travel insurance cover, and learn as much as you can about the local medical resources.
For example, you might consider contacting a local physician and obstetrician-gynaecologist so that if an emergency presents itself you can find professional help in no time.
Focus on Your Health
Especially in this post-covid scenario, it can be difficult to travel without running into any health risks. However, there is a lot you can do to limit the chances of infection. And, with the right planning tips, you can enjoy a unique and safe holiday. Make sure to look after your whole body and mind – keep active, eat well, and don’t overdo yourself!
The Right Destination Can Make a Difference
Some destinations are far more pregnancy-friendly than others. If you are after a babymoon, destinations such as Iceland, Cornwall in the UK, and Tuscany might be your best options.
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