Travelling while pregnant:
what you need to know
As travel restrictions are lifting, we know that the question on the lips of many pregnant women is: ‘can I travel during pregnancy?’ The short answer is yes. If you take the proper precautions and feel well enough, you can travel safely well into your pregnancy.
It is always worth doing your research beforehand and making a note of the healthcare facilities at your destination, so that you know where to go should you need to see a doctor whilst you are away. It is also a good idea to take your maternity medical notes with you so that the doctors can access the relevant medical information easily.
It is always important to have the appropriate insurance when travelling, but when you are travelling while pregnant you will need to make sure you are covered for any eventuality including pregnancy and labour related care. If you are travelling closer to your due date, you may want to make sure that your costs will be covered if you need to change the date of your return trip due to early labour.
In the UK, Insurers don’t treat pregnancy as a medical condition, so you will not have to pay extra for your policy just because you are pregnant. It is always worth reading the small print though, as there can sometimes be time restrictions. For example, some policies will only cover complications associated with premature birth in the first 32 weeks.
If you travelling abroad when pregnant, some airlines won’t let you travel towards the end of your pregnancy so it is important to check the specific policy of the airline that you will be travelling with. Chances of going into early labour are much higher once you reach 37 weeks, or 32 weeks if you are pregnant with twins. After 28 weeks, the airline may ask you to provide a letter from your doctor or midwife to confirm your due date and include details of any complications.
Some women also choose not to travel in the early stages of their pregnancy if they are struggling with persistent symptoms of nausea, so this is something to bear in mind. Or maybe plan a shorter trip if you are suffering from these symptoms to ensure you have a comfortable journey.
Taking a travel pillow with you is also a top tip of ours, especially when flying or on a long car journey. Chances are you will probably find yourself getting a lot more tired than usual during pregnancy, so throw a long journey in the mix and you will definitely be wanting to make the most of the travelling time to catch up on your sleep.
If you are going to be out and about more than usual it is a good idea to keep some healthy snacks on hand so you can keep your energy and blood sugar levels up. If you have any favourite snacks from home that you have been craving during your pregnancy then pop a couple of those in your suitcase to keep you satisfied throughout your trip.
If you’re travelling to a sunny destination, then taking a hand held fan or water spray will be a great way to stay cool whilst you’re out and about sightseeing.
When dressing during pregnancy comfort is key, but even more so when you’re travelling. Here are some of the clothing essentials we think you should pack when travelling while pregnant:
Nothing will keep you comfortable during a long journey like a pair of super soft, over the bump leggings. They are also the perfect base layer for multiple outfits, so you can mix and match them with lots of tops or jumpers which will help you save on packing space.
A loose fitting, floaty maternity dress will help you to remain comfortable in warmer climates whilst also looking stylish. Have a couple of options on hand that will work for multiple occasions such as evening dinners or sightseeing trips. We love shirt dresses because they are breastfeeding friendly, so you can get plenty of wear out of them after pregnancy too.
Going for a dip in the pool or sea is a wonderfully refreshing way to cool down when you’re on holiday during pregnancy so make sure you pack a bump friendly swimming costume.
If you are jetting off on holiday then we hope you have a wonderful time and that our top tips for travelling while pregnant come in handy!