Travelling While Pregnant: Essential Tips for Women


Should you deny yourself the pleasure of travelling during pregnancy? The answer is No. Pregnancy is just your special state to which you need to adjust. You can go on a trip while expecting, but there are certain rules to observe. Here is a small travel guide from for moms-to-be.

The first thing to consider when planning your trip is your stage of pregnancy. The best time for a trip is the second trimester. Morning sickness is behind, and the belly is not very big yet so nothing prevents you from being active.

The second important thing is to choose a reliable companion – husband, mother, friend. You should feel safe and protected with your fellow traveller.

Another aspect to be kept in mind is the destination. Avoid exotic and far-away countries, because a long flight and acclimatisation can have an unfavourable influence on your state. Instead, choose the countries with similar climate or take a trip within your country.

Allowable types of entertainment

This time, avoid extreme sports such as diving, surfing, rafting, skiing, and alpinism. Also, avoid biking and horseback riding. The best pastimes for you are walking and swimming. Those will bring more positive emotions and strengthen your musculoskeletal system. Too much of sunbathing can be harmful, so limit your exposure to the sun rays. Avoid the peaks of heat between midday and 5 p.m. When relaxing on the beach, use sunscreen and cover your head with a hat or headscarf. Use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

Long exposure to cold should be avoided as much as overexposure to heat. In case you get cold, do all necessary procedures to warm up as soon as possible – drink something hot or take a warm shower.

A mom-to-be needs comfort during her trip. She should sleep enough and in a comfortable environment, so it’s necessary to stay in good hotels.

Drink only bottled water, avoid fast-food and exotic dishes.

Choosing the means of transport

It’s better to travel by train or car. A plane trip is not recommended for pregnant women. It can be quite risky for you and your baby due to the changing altitudes. In any case, consult your doctor as to the upcoming trip. If you’re allowed to travel by plane, prepare for it thoroughly. In-flight swelling happens, so make sure you have a pair of loose shoes. Also, pack a pair of compression socks into your hand baggage. In order to prevent clotting (which pregnant women are prone to), walk along the aisle during the flight. It means an aisle seat is your new best seat. Another reason to take the seat closer to the aisle is the amount of water you’ll drink and the consequences of it. The best transport for the pregnant is the car. It has a number of advantages for pregnant women. First, you can make as many stops as you need to stretch your legs. Second, it’s good to have your own car in a new city, so that in case of emergency your husband or the person with whom you travel can drive you to the nearest hospital.

Take your medical documents with you

You should take care of any unpredictable situations beforehand. Check if there is a hospital in the city of your destination or in the vicinity. Have a copy of your prenatal records with you so that the local doctor could assess your condition. It’s good to have a health care insurance when you travel abroad.

When you should steer away from travelling?

Although expectant mothers can lead an active life instead of sitting at home for 9 months, there are some cases when they should avoid trips. Some medical conditions, such as a risk for miscarriage, problems with placenta development, late Toxicosis, or some chronic diseases, can be the reasons for delaying a trip.

Travelling moms-to-be must be doubly careful as they carry a very precious load.


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