Pregnancy can be exhausting, but it doesn’t mean taking a trip is out of the question. Knowing about any medical or policy restrictions and how to stay as safe and comfortable as possible is key to making your trip a success. Whether you are planning a babymoon, traveling for work or visiting family. No problem!
KNOW WHEN IT IS BEST TO FLY
For many, the first trimester is difficult because of the bad morning sickness. There is higher risk of miscarriage during the first trimester. Wait until you’re well. Check airline and insurance guidelines. Many airlines won’t let you fly after 28 weeks without a letter from doctor, while many insurance companies won’t cover any emergencies after 32nd week. If you do need to fly late in your pregnancy, have doctor’s permission and supporting documents ready. If you’re traveling internationally, check the destination country’s rules for admitting pregnant women and be aware of what medical services they can supply. If you prematurely give birth and your child requires time in a care unit overseas, many insurers may not cover. Clarify what your trip cancellation policy is just in case complications prevent you from going.
BE EARLY & TAKE TIME
There’s nothing worse than feeling rushed and anxious when you’re pregnant. Be early and if possible make sure you arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the flight. This will give you time to find someone help you with your luggage, handle any unexpected questions at check in and react to gate changes accordingly. This is especially crucial if you’re pregnant and traveling with another child. Arriving early will allow for multiple bathroom breaks! You can take your time.
People love helping pregnant women. Something about carrying new life seems to make people behave kinder and it’s something you should totally accept with open arms. If you need help getting an item in or out of the overhead compartment, just let a flight attendant know. Same goes for large bags when traveling internationally.
STAY HYDRATED & PACK FOOD
When you’re flying, you’re more prone to dehydration so drink water! Also pack healthy snacks like carrot, apple and almonds to keep you full. If you’re battling nausea or are an anxious flyer, talk to your doctor about which medications are safe to take while en route to your final destination.
Use a backpack for a carry on. This will help evenly distribute the weight across your back and save your already sore body when trekking. In terms of clothes, wear something a bit sports luxe or loose and flowy. Many women opt for tight stretchable leggings, but make sure they don’t cut into the middle of your belly or in the back of your knees. Circulation is crucial when you’re pregnant, so dress in things that let the blood flow. Bring neck pillow if you need too.