As you may already know, we are expecting a new baby in November, and we are really excited! We’ve been thinking a lot about how we are going to manage going on holiday with my growing baby bump. We have a holiday booked for July for Fuerteventura which we are all looking forward to, but know there are different things to consider when on holiday with a bump. Here are some tips on how best to look after yourself when you are pregnant on holiday.
Don’t just book a holiday in advance without considering where you will be in your pregnancy. The first trimester may leave you feeling exhausted and nauseous which doesn’t make for a good holiday! After 28 weeks, most airlines will want written confirmation from your doctor or midwife that says you are fit to fly, and by 34 or so week, some airlines may not permit you to fly at all, so book your holiday between 13 and 24 weeks, or check directly with your midwife and airline company if wanting to go later than this.
Now is not the best time to go on an 18 hour flight! Being pregnant doesn’t lend itself to long-haul flights, but there are plenty of places you can go that will still be a whole load of fun within a few hours flight. Look at what destinations might require you to get vaccinations and try to avoid these until after your baby is born.
It is important to make sure you don’t overheat, so stick to the shade where possible. Keep out of the sun when it is at its hottest and treat yourself to a personal fan to keep things cool. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!
When it comes to booking the accommodation, you need to find the perfect balance between practicality and relaxation. For example, look for places that don’t have many stairs, or perhaps have a lift to get to the higher floors. You don’t want to be lugging suitcases up flights of stairs when you’re expecting. Although a hostel is great for a budget bohemian break, it’s not always the most suitable place for a pregnant woman!
Food and drink
Experiencing new food and drink and treating yourself is a great part of any holiday, but be sure to remember what you can and can’t eat when pregnant. Ensure that all meat is properly cooked and don’t drink from the tap. This also means you should avoid ice cubes in your drinks and even salads as they will be washed with tap water.
Prior to carrying a baby, you may have been all about adventure holidays, but it is important to remember that you are pregnant, and take some time to relax. Enjoy doing things like sitting on the beach and reading, relaxing in the water and having afternoon naps.
Your skin is more sensitive when you are pregnant so be sure to slather on the sunscreen, especially on your bump! Wear loose, light clothing to cover yourself up and protect yourself from the sun. A hat is also a good idea, and will provide some shade if you are somewhere particularly sunny.
As long as you are prepared and have considered all these factors, you can have a well-deserved holiday. Do you have any top tips for going on holiday while pregnant? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative blog post