Travelling when pregnant


Packing can be a struggle at the best of times, but there’s even more to think about when you’re pregnant.

What do you need? What should you avoid? Do you need to buy anything especially?

I have a list to take the hassle out of planning, so you can concentrate on having a good time and getting some well-deserved time to relax. Here’s a list of what to pack (and what not to pack) for your trip when you’re pregnant.

Luggage
What to take with you

A four-wheeled suitcase. Light and easy to wheel around, a four-wheeled suitcase will prevent any luggage-induced aches and pains.

What not to take with you

Any kind of bag you need to carry or lift.

Travel documents
What to pack:
A letter from the doctor clearing you to travel

Even if your pregnancy has been smooth-sailing so far, it’s important to see your doctor before you travel, especially if you’re heading abroad.

They’ll be able to offer advice, answer any questions you might have, and write a letter confirming your due date and clearing you to travel. This is especially important if you’ll be flying, because airline staff have the right to stop you from boarding the plane if they think you’ll put yourself or others at risk.

A copy of your maternity notes

Your maternity notes are a record of your pregnancy. They’re written in a way which can be understood by medical professionals around the world, so if you do need to see a doctor while you’re away, they’ll quickly be up to speed with what’s going on.

A copy of your travel insurance policy

Make sure it covers your pregnancy in addition to any pre-existing medical conditions. Travel insurance policies become invalidated if you need to claim for something you haven’t declared, leaving you with hefty bills to pay. It’s not worth taking the risk.

Information about the nearest hospital

Note down the contact details, directions, and a few words of the local language if English isn’t widely spoken. If you do need to rush off and see a doctor, the last thing you want to be doing is finding all this out.

Your passport

Perhaps this goes without saying, but it’s worth double checking before you go!

Health and toiletries
What to pack:
Sun cream, with a minimum of SPF30 if you’re going somewhere hot
Antibacterial gel, in case you can’t wash your hands immediately
Any medication you need, plus your prescription and a note from your doctor
What not to pack:
Full-size versions of your toiletries. Free up luggage space (and save money) by decanting your existing products into mini bottles instead.

Food and drink
What to pack:
A refillable bottle of water

Make sure it’s empty when you get to the airport and refill it once you’re through security. Stick to bottled water if you’re not sure about the quality of the tap water at your destination.

Portable snacks

Carry packets of wholemeal crackers, mixes of nuts and seeds, cereal bars and pots of fresh fruit in your hand luggage. All of these snacks are nutritious, curbing any hunger pangs and giving you plenty of energy. Regular snacking can also help with morning sickness.

What not to pack:

Any food which could spoil while you’re in transit. It’s worth checking the NHS website for a full list of foods which are unsuitable during pregnancy.

Clothes, shoes and accessories
What to pack:
Loose clothing

T-shirts, skirts and dresses in breathable fabrics will keep you cool and comfortable in hot weather. Bring a jacket and a jumper in case the evenings are cooler, and don’t forget swimwear! Holidaysafe recommend swimming for pregnant women, since the weightlessness of the water takes strain away from your body.

You can either size up or choose maternity swimwear, which has extra space to accommodate your growing bump.

Flat, comfortable shoes

Sturdy sandals will keep your feet supported and feeling fresh in the heat.

Going somewhere cooler? Trainers or boots are ideal, especially if they’re easy to slip on or off.

A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses

These will offer extra protection from the sun.

Flight socks

You have a higher chance of getting DVT when you’re pregnant, especially if your flight is on the longer side. Flight socks will reduce swelling with minimal fuss.

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