Pregnant abroad? 7 great tips to help you cope

Life doesn’t stop when you’re pregnant – and you may indeed have great fun going abroad during the nine months. Indeed, most airlines will let you fly up until 36 weeks. But it can be a daunting thought, especially if it’s your first pregnancy. Ive got seven great tips to ensure you and your bump have a stress-free, enjoyable trip.

7 great tips to help you cope with being pregnant abroad

1. Take regular breaks

When you’re travelling, be it by car, train or plane, make sure you allocate sufficient time so you’re not having to rush. It will only cause you unnecessary stress. Plus, you’ll need plenty of toilet breaks and taking time to walk around is good for your blood circulation.

2. Pack all the essentials

When you’re pregnant, you’ll want to have essentials within easy reach – so pack your bag well and take a decent supply of what you think you’ll need. Pack more of what you won’t be able to easily get elsewhere and tailor it to your own requirements – for example, I’d definitely add some more snacks to the suggestions in this graphic.

7 great tips to help you cope with being pregnant abroad
Source: The Complete Guide to Travelling When Pregnant

I’d also suggest taking a good book as the perfect remedy to any hormone rollercoasters and to distract you from any dodgy tummy issues.

3. Choose your destination wisely

You’ll probably find it a lot easier to relax on holiday knowing there are good facilities nearby – shops for any last-minute purchases and good medical facilities, for example.

What’s more, when you’re pregnant, your limits change somewhat. Whereas on previous holidays, you might have explored cities all day and checked out the local nightlife later, you might want to take it down a notch. Create an itinerary of the must-sees and don’t be afraid to say you need extra breaks.

4. Expect some attention

If you’re in your second trimester and have an obvious baby bump, people are bound to come and chat to you. Particularly in Mediterranean countries, pregnant women will be the centre of attention – so don’t worry if they’re addressing your bump, not you.

It will also work in your favour as the bump is internationally recognised and can make it easier to express your condition – including receiving any extra help you might need.

5. Check in with your doctor

Before you set off, it’s a good idea to make sure your midwife is comfortable with you travelling. Also, as Parenting says, some airlines might require a note from your practitioner that states your due date, and that you have clearance to fly. Make sure you check beforehand.

6. Be cautious of food and water safety

As Gadling explains, pregnant women are more susceptible to food poisoning than the average person, as the immune system is suppressed so it doesn’t reject the fetus. So make sure you stick to bottled water and eat in restaurants where the food is freshly prepared. Check out reviews and opt for popular places.

7. Relax

Let’s face it, there won’t be a lot of time for relaxing when your baby arrives. So make the most of your trip and take the time to chill out. You deserve it.

 

Did you travel when you were pregnant? Share your top tips below.

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Getting organised for baby 2

In my attempt to calm my pre-trip panic that sets in every time we go away anywhere I’m writing this post about getting organised for baby 2!!

Getting organised for baby 2

So, on the 2nd August we leave our little island of Praslin to head to the “bright lights” of the main island of Mahe.
My Caesarian is scheduled for the 11th.

Now Mark has finished work for summer it feels like we can finally get things sorted!!

I have a growth scan on Thursday 23rd so assuming all goes well there the above dates should be pretty secure now, unless of course I go into labour before that….basically, I’m just not considering that as an option or my brain might explode!  (Burying my head in the sand, who, me?  No way!)

What we’ve done so far

    • We have got out the suitcase with Arthur’s old clothes in to check out what we’ve got -surprisingly a lot so that’s great news!  We also got to take a lovely trip down memory lane looking at all the outfits, bonus!
    • Bought some baby detergent/softener to wash baby clothes.
    • Ordered baby blankets to Mark’s parents
    • Checked baby bottles and steriliser.  Planning on breastfeeding like I did with Arthur but good to have back ups.  Also, fingers crossed this time baby will accept a bottle of expressed milk for a night feed!)
    • Bought a couple packs of little nappies (we will be using cloth nappies but not in the hospital!)
    • Moved the changing table out of Arthur’s room and into ours
    • Rearranged furniture in our room to accommodate cot, changing table and feeding chair.
    • Dug out bags to pack to go go Mahe
    • Booked accomodation on Mahe
    • Booked hire car on Mahe
    • Ordered (and recieved) two books; The Very Hungry Caterpillar [Board Book]
      and I’m a New Big Brother: A Pirate Pete book (Pirate Pete & Princess Polly) for Arthur as presents from the baby

Still to do

  • Wash baby clothes.  Possibly order more clothes to Mark’s mum and dad depending how they come up after being washed! – They will be out with us when we have the baby and there’s no way we can get anything delivered directly here on time
  • Wash baby bedding
  • Buy toiletries for myself and the baby when we are in hospital – This we will probably do on Mahe
  • Get out my gorgeous yet very practical Vanchi NU Leather Doctor Bag (Nougat/ Cocoa)
  • Pack hospital bag for myself and baby – be good and not overpack like I did last time!!!
  • Pack for time on Mahe before I go into hospital.
  • Buy a few more cloth nappies, no urgent rush for this as we have some already, particularly as Arthur is well on the way to being potty trained, and they won’t fit baby straight away anyway!  However, ideally will do before Mark’s parents come so they can bring for us.
  • Book flights to Mahe.  Residents can’t do this until very close to the date so we will have to leave this a little longer, kind of annoying but we will see!
  • Wrap presents from the baby to Arthur.

I am sure I have missed lots of things off this list but, I must say I feel better for writing this down.  It’s made me realise we’ve done more than I thought!

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