Planning a summer getaway? Don’t leave without our guide to travelling when pregnant
Keeping comfortable when flying is always important, even more so when pregnant. For an easy-to-wear outfit that will keep you chic from take-off to touch-down, team black leggings with an off-the-shoulder top. Slip over a sleek jacket to keep the look polished. Don’t forget to pack a cosy wrap in your carry-on luggage as the temperature in-flight often drops.
Feel stylish by the pool or beach when pregnant in a supportive bikini that flatters the bump and growing bust – look for a design cut from a material with stretch. Layer over a cover-up with a relaxed fit to switch from the beach to a relaxed dinner in the evening. Just add jewels and embellished sandals for a touch of glamour.
For a day exploring the city streets and sights, choose a simple shift dress in lightweight denim or cotton. Add edge with bright, playful accessories, including a tote roomy enough to hold all your essentials. Plus, remember to pack a bottle of water for staying hydrated on the move!
Dress up for a romantic dinner or evening out with friends. A bold colour or unexpected detailing will ensure all eyes are on you but keep it effortless with a relaxed fit. Finish with a playful clutch and metallic sandals for modern glamour.
When it comes to travelling when pregnant it’s best to be prepared. Before departing make sure you know where the closest hospitals to your destination are located and take your medical records with you. Travel insurance is always a good idea but check that your provider will cover you for pregnancy complications. Look at your dates and ensure you book your holiday around prenatal tests and scans. If you plan on flying in your second or third trimester of pregnancy, make sure you read up on the guidelines of the carrier you are intending to book with. If you are travelling after 26 weeks most airlines will require a letter from your doctor confirming they are happy for your to travel, while most companies won’t permit you to fly after 36 weeks.
There is a meaning behind the expression a bun in the oven! During pregnancy, hormones increase blood supply to your skin, making you feel warmer. Check that where you are staying has air-conditioning. Ensuring you can quickly cool down the room temperature will prevent overheating.
A high core body temperature (above 38 degrees Celsius) can be dangerous for your unborn baby. Hot tubs or saunas will quickly raise your body temperature, so it is best to avoid them entirely when pregnant. Indulge in other ways of relaxing, such as a massage tailored for pregnancy. See our edit of the best here.
Stay hydrated in the heat and stave off queasiness by ensuring that you always have a bottle of water and some snacks to hand. Nuts, crackers and fruit are all nutritious and easy to store in your carry-on or handbag. If you are unsure about the water quality at your location, stick to bottled water and avoid ice in your drinks. It is best to play it safe as your immune system is suppressed when pregnant making you more susceptible to picking up water-borne infections.
Even if you are an adventurous, sporty type, you will need to skip any activities where there is a chance of falling heavily. While this may mean water skiing or horse-riding are off the agenda, it does give you an excuse to totally relax and not feel guilty for reclining poolside all day.