Just because you are pregnant it doesn't mean you can't travel. However there are a few precautions that you must take during this period. It is best to travel during your second trimester as it will be more comfortable for you and the risks are lower during this time. Here is a simple list that you should consider before you start your travels...have a safe and happy journey, enjoy it while it lasts!
Travelling When Pregnant
Talk to your doctor – It is very important that you let your doctor know of your travel arrangements. Your doctor will advise you if you are able to travel or not and what vaccinations or restrictions you may need to avoid during your travel.
Flying and Pregnancy – Make sure that if you are planning to travel by plane, you let the travel agent / airline know that you are pregnant. This is very important as the airline will make sure you are comfortable during your flight. Also if you are more than 36 weeks pregnant some airlines will not allow you to travel (due to the fact that you may have the baby on board). It is also not advisable to travel by flight during the first trimester of your pregnancy as there is a risk of having a miscarriage. Just remember to let the airline know that you are pregnant and they will discuss any issues or arrangements with you.
Buckle Up - Wearing a seatbelt during car and air travel is safe while pregnant. The lap strap should go under your belly, across your hips. The shoulder strap should go between your breasts and to the side of your belly. Make sure it fits snugly.
Pack your snacks – If you are either travelling by car or flying it's a good idea to bring some snacks along with you. It will ensure that you are well nourished throughout the journey and it can also help ease any discomfort you may be feeling.
Take a break – It is important for you while you are pregnant to get up and stretch every hour or so. If you are travelling by car, take a break and go for a small walk and have a stretch. When travelling by flight you can have a walk up and down the aisles. This is important as this helps prevent any soreness or stiffness.
Documentation – While travelling when pregnant it's a good idea to take a copy of your prenatal records and your health insurance. Although nothing may happen, it's better to be prepared just in case.
Drink plenty of water – While you are pregnant it is important that you drink plenty of water. Keep a bottle of water with you so you can always stay hydrated. Travelling may cause you to dehydrate so be sure to drink lots of fluids.
Dress sense – Make sure you wear comfortable clothing during your travels. It is a good idea to wear a few layers as the temperature on the flight or in the car constantly changes. Wearing layers helps you to control your body's temperature by adding or removing the layered clothing.
Have a great time – This is probably one of the last opportunities you can have with your partner before a new chapter of your life begins. Enjoy the silence and the company of each other and most importantly be careful and have fun.