Sunday, 13 May 2018

7 Quick Tips For A Pregnant Holiday

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As you know, we love to travel with our little one, and that comes with its own challenges but before holidays with children are holidays pregnant and they require a whole other level of organisation! Here are my 7 quick tips for a pregnant holiday!

Pregnant lady wearing a bikini with her hands making a heart on her stomach

1. Choose Your Destination

The key to any good holiday is choosing the perfect destination, and this is even more important when pregnant. Choose from a relaxing pampering break, something full of gentle sightseeing, or even splash out for a cruise. Avoid holidays that involve long treks or theme parks so you’re not on your feet for too long or queuing up for rides you can’t go on!

2. Pack Smart

When you are packing, as well as all your usual holiday essentials, don’t forget all the things that you need for pregnant life. Make sure you have your prenatal vitamins, hospital notes and anything else you might need!

Suitcase laid out and partially packed

3. Be Aware Of Food And Drink

One of the best parts of a holiday is being able to enjoy new foods and drink but if you are holidaying abroad while pregnant be extra cautious. Buy bottled water and avoid ice cubes in your drink for example.

4. Plan Pregnancy Safe Activities

There are some things that you know you won’t be able to do, for example riding roller coasters, although there are others that may not be so obvious. Things like scuba diving should be avoided as the pressure can cause air bubbles to form in the bloodstream, which is incredibly dangerous for your unborn baby. A safer alternative to this is to go snorkeling or simply paddle in the pool.

A snorkel mask next to a pool

5. Keep Cool

If you are off to a lovely sunny climate remember that your pregnant skin is more likely to burn so be sure to slather on that high factor sun cream! A personal fan is a great investment and, of course, plenty of water! Try to stay out of the sun during the hottest times and let the shade will be a welcome relief!

6. Going Abroad?

One thing you will have to consider if you are planning a holiday abroad is when in your pregnancy you fly. Between 13 and 24 weeks is generally considered the safest time to fly and if you wait until after the first trimester you will hopefully be past the morning sickness and extreme exhaustion phase! After 28 weeks you'll have to have confirmation from your midwife or doctor to fly and, generally speaking, you won’t be allowed to fly after 34 weeks, so get that travelling in as soon as you can! 

A plane flying among the clouds

7. Be Vaccine Smart

Some destinations require vaccines and the research around whether these are safe for unborn babies is not conclusive, so it might be best to avoid these destinations until your baby is born. Most anti-malaria tablets are not safe for pregnant women either, so do your research before booking.

Going on holiday whilst you're pregnant and enjoying a babymoon can be a great way to relax and make memories before the baby comes but it does require some extra planning. 

Do you have any other top tips for holidaying while pregnant? Let me know in the comments! 

Mummy Snowy Owl

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