Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnant Travel

Hello, summer travel plans – GOODBYE morning sickness! I am just about to enter my second trimester of pregnancy and right now I am thanking God that those “the second trimester is easier” legends are true.

I am finally feeling better – and by this I mean I can make actually tolerate leaving the house without carrying around a ridiculous amount of crackers and mints. That first trimester was crazy for me; a 13055334_10154002614491970_6253845531464648046_nfew long weeks of what seemed like non-stop morning sickness followed by a few weeks of “I can’t even get out of bed today because I am growing a baby and life is hard” fatigue.

But alas – I have finally re-joined civilization and that means I can get back to traveling after some months of hiding away! Although we will be keeping it low-key during my pregnancy, we do still have SOME fun trips planned (maybe even one outside of Belgium – you’ll have to wait to see!)

 

I’ve collected some tips from fellow travelers on what to do (and more importantly, what not to do) when traveling while pregnant.

 

A special thank you to:
Sara from In Africa & Beyond and Leslie from The Real Uganda
for collaborating with me on this list!

DO 

Invest in premium travel insurance (ensuring that it covers pregnancy related illnesses/early labor)…because you just never know.


DO

Travel in your second trimester, you’ll have great energy and may still fit into your cute clothes.

DO

Make sure you’re taking the right vitamins and boost your immune system (safely) as its easy to pick up a bug on an airplane. Getting sick while pregnant sucks no matter where in the world you are.

DO

Carry a thermometer.
Should you spike a fever, report to hospital quickly.
DON’T stress, people are pregnant everywhere and local health care professionals will sort you out.

DON’T

Over-fill your days with activities.
You’ll just tire yourself out.

You’re circulating 50% more blood these days and it takes a toll on your energy level.


DO

Tell the flight crew you’re expecting when you board your flight.
They’ll treat you like gold and totally give you a huge bottle of water, extra cheese and croissants!

DO

Stay hydrated and invest very comfortable walking shoes.
Your feet will swell.

 

DON’T

Choose fashion over comfort.
This is not the time to be sexy and uncomfortable in clothes that don’t fit you anymore – this is the time to be comfortable in some cute maternity clothes.

DO

Get out and mix with locals in family related settings.

It’ll get you in the mood for motherhood and also help you appreciate how people in different cultures parent and celebrate family.


DO

Take it easy on yourself and listen to your body.
If you need a break from traveling (even if you’re a travel blogger!!)
– there’s no harm in taking this time to rest!


DO

Be careful about what you eat –
foreign/strange foods can be harmful or difficult for your body to handle while pregnant, and traveling increases the odds of you having to try more “adventurous” foods.


DON’T 

Visit an area that has a higher risk for infection, disease or danger.
Stay away from places that have become infamous for their danger (such as the infamous Chernobyl zone), as well as places that have a high risk for malaria.


DO

Feel free to buy cute baby things while traveling.
I mean, don’t go overboard and have to buy an entire other suitcase for your baby’s gifts – but having some things for your child from all over the world is such a nice idea, don’t you think!?


DO

Visit your home country while your pregnant (if you can).
It’s so nice to re-unite with old friends and family to celebrate your news (and who knows what kind of things you’ll find in your storage that you will need during these next few months!)


DON’T 

Use dangerous plug adapters or converters. Things like heating pads or even hair straighteners could give you a nasty shock and be quite dangerous for baby and mother.


DO

Plan a “baby-moon” trip for you and your significant other.
Having quality time together away from your home and baby-stress is super important and healthy for you both! Once the baby comes, you will be happy you took the time away!


DO

Make sure any flights/hotels are able to be canceled or rescheduled.
You could plan a trip, only to be told by your doctor that it’s best if you don’t go due to any risk/how far along you are.


DON’T 

Stand/walk for long periods of time (if you’re feeling tired or sore.)
While walking is great excercise while pregnant, long periods of standing or walking while carrying a baby in your belly can be really hard on your muscles and just put you in a terrible mood.

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