To prepare themselves for the arduous work and sleepless nights, soon to be parents make the most of the peaceful time before the baby arrives. Vacations taken during pregnancy, also known as ‘babymoon’ are a time for you to relax and reconnect with your spouse. Doctors are happy to give you the go- ahead as long as you take necessary precautions and are mindful of your needs during travel.
Here are some guidelines that can help you plan a relaxing and stress-free vacation in your third trimester:
- Plan your travel dates in advance if it needs air travel. Find out how many weeks into pregnancy does the specific airline permits, women, to travel. This can be different for different airlines. Most allow travel up to 36 weeks and may need your doctor’s letter stating the EDD.
Tip: Avoid air travel in the last month of your pregnancy.
- Consult your doctor just before leaving for a thorough check up and make sure your condition is good for travel.
Tip: If you have health concerns opt for a staycation at a local resort to cut down on travel.
- Any destination that you choose, do make sure it has a good health care facility close by. This is extremely important to make sure you will be well taken care of during an emergency.
Tip: Choose a holiday that will be more relaxing than adventurous.
- Incontinence during pregnancy is fairly common, especially in your last months. A speed breaker, coughing, laughing or sneezing might cause you to urinate involuntarily. If you will be travelling by road, keep some extra sanitary napkins/adult diapers. On an airplane request for an aisle seat for easy accessibility to the restrooms.
Tip: Avoid places that will take more than a couple hours to reach or where the access roads bad or uneven.
- Sitting on a long flight or a long road trip can negatively impact blood circulation. You can avoid blood clots and swollen ankles by moving as much as you can on a plane or taking regular breaks on the road.
Tip: Learn some exercises that help in blood circulation while sitting.
- Do not plan such that your days are packed with activities. Leave time for some rest at regular intervals else the vacation might actually tire you out.
Tip: Lookout for pregnancy special spa or massage treatments that will help your body to relax.
- Your skin during pregnancy is more sensitive than usual. If your holiday involves being under the sun, do pack a safe and appropriate sunscreen.
Tip: Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Re-apply every 2 hours.
Along with the above guidelines, remember to pack your medications and any other special requirements you may have. Happy holiday!