You might be pregnant during the summer and you are asking yourself, whether it is safe or good to go for a summer vacation, while expecting.
And the answer is YES you can definitely travel during pregnancy and no need to skip the beach time this year. However, there is couple things you should keep in mind and that is what we write about.
How do you feel?
First and foremost ask yourself, how you feel. Whether you would feel comfortable travelling, in a foreign country and how much you are able to do according to the size of your belly, any pains and other things. Second, consult this with your doctor. If you have pregnancy with no issues, medication or hospital visits, you should be good to go.
When is it late to go?
I have travelled by car to Italy when i was 34 weeks (mid 8months) pregnant and i was fine, BUT my belly was small, i did not drive, i took it very easy and on the negative side, insurance companies do not insure you this far in your pregnancy, so if there was anything that would happen or the labor would start early, i would have to pay for it all (and oh boy that would be a lot).
Airlines also have limitations for boarding pregnant women, for example Emirates takes up to 29 weeks on the other hand Lufthansa up to 36weeks without a medical letter. So always check before you book the flight.
Where to go?
You probably should not go into places, that have a bad medical care. Countries, that are dangerous or a food poisoning is easier (eating on the streets or water in Egypt). Avoid super hot places, such as Middle East in summer as over-heating is not fun nor safe for your baby. Find a relaxing place, where you can cool of in a pool or in the sea. Place that has good food choices for you and your baby.
When flying, make sure to get the aisle seat, to be able to go to the washroom easily. Do not lift any luggage, wear your seatbelt all the time, bring your own healthy food on board, drink plenty of water and make sure to do some ankle exercise to prevent swelling.
When going by car, it might be more comfortable as you skip any long check-in time and risk of high altitude sickness. Also make sure to drink and snack properly and wear a seatbelt at all times. Depends on your car seat, it might be more comfortable for you to sit on a pillow, to be more elevated and sit in 90° angle. Car travel is also more comfortable as you can take intermittent stops and even turn back (or stop at a convenient place) if something goes wrong.
Stay hydrated, take it easy, put your feet up, sleep enough, forget the pumps and take comfy shoes.
Be aware, that you might find yourself in premature labor any day, even though your pregnancy seems to be fine. I spent fourteen days in Italy and only (exactly) two weeks later i gave birth to my baby boy (watch the reveal video here) while 36+ weeks pregnant. In my country, my insurance covers the costs, but if i were to stay for a week in a hospital in a foreign country .. that would have been a very expensive "vacation"
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