Being pregnant do not need to be a hinder for travelling. However, in the third trimester it can be a bit more complicated than in the two other trimesters.
Some weeks ago I got home from a trip to Vilnius in Lituania. I was then pregnant in week 28. So here are some tips based on that experience:
Choose the destination wisely
Of course it is up to you where you want to travel. However, the experts do recommend pregnant women to not have too long flights – especially in the the third trimester. But a flight of two hours should be no problem. You should also consider if the destination where you are going have zika or malaria, and if there is you should talk to a doctor before going.
Check with the airline if you are allowed to flight
Each airline have their own rules when it comes to pregnacy. Most put restrictions in the third trimester and they often vary depending on the lenght of the flight. Check these requirements before you book. Some airlines ask you to bring a certificate from the doctor stating that there is no complications after week 28. Other airlines let pregnant women flight until the 36 week of the pragnancy.
Get a aisle seat
Ask for to be seated in the aisle. Here you can get up and stretch your legs and get easily to the toilet.
Go for a health check
Before travelling check with your doctor or midwife if you are fit to travel, this just to be on the safe side. They will also check if you need any vaccinations, or if there is any medications that you can and cannot take.
Check your insurance
If some complications should happen during the travels, it is important to have everything in order with the insurance.
Take the normal considerations when it comes to food
There are several foods you should avoid while being pregnant. When travelling this is even more important. Make sure that the meat is well cooked, be careful with salates and make sure fruits are well washed. Do not eat anything made of unpasteurized milk.
Pack comfortable clothes
Remember to pack comfortable clothes and shoes. Staying comfortable is even more important when you are pregnant.
It is not always necessary to take a flight and travel very far when being pregnant. You can also travel with car, boat or train going on micro-adventures. I have been to several since I came back from Vilnius, and planning more.
Take it easy
Try your best to take it easy on the vacation – do not stress. Remember to take a lot of breaks – it is much heavier and you often have less energy in the phase of the pranancy . Maybe you also need an hour extra of sleep.