It feels like ages ago that I was pregnant now, however, I remember well trying to travel whilst pregnant. Sitting in the car or on transport for any length of time with a bump was very uncomfortable. A long trip down to Austin when I was heavily pregnant with Little Mr A sticks in my mind quite vividly!
If you are pregnant and lucky enough to be having a short break soon then this post provides some tips on how to manage a City break with a bump…
Going on holiday whilst you are pregnant is a chance to get some much-needed (and well-deserved) relaxation before your baby arrives, and a city break is no exception.
You can do as much or as little as you like, taking your time as you see the sights, people-watch in different neighborhoods, and really get a feel for your destination. It’s important to enjoy yourself, whether you’re interested in culture, food, or just catching some sun by the pool.
Of course, extra care needs to be taken when you’re expecting, which is why we’ve put together this list. Here are seven ways to cope with a city break when you’re pregnant.
1. Work out what you want from the trip
Before you start planning what you’re going to do while you’re on your city break, sit with your partner or travel companion and figure out what it is that both of you want out of the holiday. Breaking down each phase of the trip planning process helps me cut through the ambiguity and approach things in a sensible, down-to-earth manner. Plus, it makes me feel like the world’s most organized person, which is great for my ego.
Do you want to go out exploring? Spend time in the spa? Sit by the pool? A bit of everything? Or you may prefer to take time and observe and enjoy the subtle characteristics of the locations. It is important that the trip should be gentle for the expectant mother. Planning is an important part of your trip preparation that may help with both your itinerary and your budget. Your little one will be your priority once he or she arrives, so make the most of having quality time to spend together.
2. Let your insurer know you’re pregnant
Medical bills abroad (or even away from home) can be high even for a minor injury. If you have an existing insurance policy in place, then make sure they know you’re pregnant to avoid getting hit with unexpected costs for any treatment.
If you’re still shopping around, tell your eventual provider that you’re pregnant, let them know about any medical conditions you have as a result of your pregnancy, and avoid the temptation to skip insurance altogether. Most trips are trouble-free, but having a good travel insurance policy in place will give you peace of mind.
3. Bring your maternity notes with you
Your maternity notes are a complete record of your pregnancy and they’re written so medical staff worldwide can understand everything. If you do need to see a doctor or nurse, being able to give them your notes means they’ll have most of the information they need, and you may not need to provide as many blood or urine samples.
Remember: Maternity notes can save time and stop mistakes from being made.
4. Make a note of the nearest hospital and it’s contact details
Chances are you won’t need to see a doctor while you’re away but, like the insurance, having a phone number and an address will give you peace of mind. Also pack any medications and vitamin supplements you may need at home. If your doctor has prescribed compression stockings, they should also be in your luggage or wear it if possible.
5. Wear comfortable shoes
Chances are you’re already looking after your feet. Weight gain from pregnancy alters your center of gravity, which means you put pressure on different parts of your feet and knees to normal. This can cause pain, cramp, and swelling.
To combat this, wear shoes that fit you properly (get your feet measured if you’re really not sure) and choose seamless socks to stop your circulation from being restricted. Well-fitting open sandals can also reduce swelling because they allow your feet to breathe.
Exercises with the feet, such as rolling the feet up and down from the heel to the tip of the toe or walking while standing, stimulate circulation. If you have a tendency to varicose veins, be sure to wear support stockings when sitting for long periods of time is on the schedule. Enjoy strolling around your city of choice and stop if your feet start to ache.
Remember: Wearing comfortable shoes is especially important if you’re going to a hot country, where your feet are likely to swell.
Read also: The Best Shoes to Wear at Walt Disney World
6. Pack water and snacks
Why do you need water?
Drinking water is important no matter what stage of life you’re at, but it’s especially important when you’re pregnant. Water improves concentration and digestion, plus it helps your body to flush out toxins. It also allows you to absorb the nutrients from your food better — vital when you’re carrying a baby.
If you’re in a country where the tap water is safe to drink then carry a refillable bottle with you wherever you go. If you’re in a country where the quality of the water is questionable, stick to bottled water and stock up whenever you need to.
Why do you need snacks?
A healthy diet provides vital nutrients for you and your baby, and helps the baby to grow at a steady rate. Regular snacks, meanwhile, will keep your blood sugar levels stable and can also curb nausea.
The best snacks for on-the-go:
- Cereal bars
- Wholemeal crackers
- Dried fruit
- Fresh fruit pots
7. Stop when you need to
Above all, the most important thing to do is to listen to your body. It’s good to stay lightly active, but you’ll also need to rest more than usual. Do what’s right for you and don’t feel like you have to push yourself just because you’re in another city and/or country.
Is flying dangerous during pregnancy?
You can treat flying in the same way as everyone else as long as you’re having a healthy, normal pregnancy. Most airlines only carry pregnant women up to about the 36th week of pregnancy. However, most doctors advise against it if you’re having any issues during your pregnancy. Flying does not harm the unborn child, but very frequent flights during pregnancy should still be avoided.
Flying during the second trimester may be the best option because you’ll be over your nausea and have more energy. In addition to nausea, exhaustion, and increased urine, a flight travel during your first trimester is likely to be unpleasant.
And, since you’ll be wearing a seat belt, your increasing belly throughout your third trimester may make the trip downright uncomfortable.
Long-haul flights are rather unfavorable for the expectant mother because of the long sitting in a bent position and the increased risk of thrombosis. Therefore, if a long flight cannot be avoided, she should occasionally walk around a few steps and move her toes and feet while sitting. Compression stockings counteract the backlog of blood in the veins of the legs.
The good thing about a city break is that you’ll have more time to adjust, because you’re not traveling from place to place — ideal when you’re pregnant and get tired more easily.