Pregnancy causes the human body to go through all sorts of changes and these symptoms can often intensify when travelling.
It’s only natural for pregnant women to worry about how certain activities might affect their body and their unborn child, which is why it is common for some to avoid travelling during this period of their life.
This is definitely not compulsory. After all, nine months is a long time to go without travelling. However, it is definitely recommended to research what activities aren’t safe for mothers-to-be.
When is it safe to travel?
Symptoms like fatigue and nausea are most prevalent during the early stages of pregnancy. For this reason, many women are reluctant to travel during this time, especially on long-haul flights or car journeys. The chances of a miscarriage are also highest during this early period so a lot of women like to refrain from any strenuous activities at all.
Having said that, those who don’t suffer from strong nausea may find this is the best time to get away. It’s certainly a lot easier to get around than it will be when the baby gets heavier.
Travelling towards the back-end of your pregnancy carries a lot more risks, especially in the eyes of insurers and airline companies. Most airlines are considerate about the odds of women giving birth on their plane. Some airlines won’t let women who are heavily pregnant fly on their planes at all. Others may ask for a doctor’s note to confirm a passenger’s due date or whether they are at risk of complications.
Most pregnant women are advised to avoid any activities which involve rough and tumble, whether they are abroad or not. That means water sports holidays, winter sports or hiking holidays might have to be delayed for a few months. Many tourist attractions will make it clear whether they are suitable for pregnant women. It’s probably best to avoid destinations with high altitudes or where vaccinations are required.
It sounds like a lot of restrictions – but there are plenty of women who still enjoy travelling during pregnancy. City breaks or beach holidays in Europe could be good suggestions for those who are expecting.
Travel insurance is seen as an essential purchase by many, regardless of their condition. Yet, for pregnant women, it is more important than most to ensure that a suitable travel insurance policy is booked.
Pregnant women are more likely to suffer from symptoms such as nausea, aches, pains or high blood pressure. If these symptoms intensify or any complications occur, travel insurance should cover the costs of hospital trips.
Customers should be on the lookout for policies which do offer cover from any complications that occur as a result of their pregnancy. It’s certainly worth trawling through the small print. Some insurers will even offer 24-hour telephone access to a healthcare professional.
With all this booked and paid for, those who choose to take their unborn baby abroad can do so with the utmost confidence.