While most pregnant women will find it strange and unsafe to travel when they are carrying a growing child inside their tummy, experts revealed that it’s totally fine to go on a trip or what most call nowadays as ‘babymoon.’ In fact, travelling by plane is also safe before the 36th week of pregnancy, as noted by Mayo Clinic.
However, there are precautionary steps that moms-to-be need to consider before embarking on this journey, especially those that guarantee the health and wellness of their growing baby. This is especially true, since there’s an epidemic of Zika Virus in some parts of the world that can really be alarming for most parents. Many resources online have suggested a few destinations where one can plan a great babymoon without the fear of catching the Zika fever. Apart from knowing the right place to visit, there important safety tips that pregnant moms need to consider and prepare for before going on a short or long vacation locally or abroad. Read on below to find out.
Before leaving your home country for a vacation, get a clean bill of health from your GP first. Often, they may suggest that you get important vaccinations to ensure you won’t catch any known illnesses while abroad. Whilst some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, your midwife or doctor will usually know the recommended and suitable medication for you. A resource on travelling while pregnant suggests a list of recommended vaccinations for mom’s-to-be, such as Meningtis, Polio, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines. Depending on the your preferred destination, your GP may suggest more vaccination to ensure your well-being.
Whilst it’s highly important that you stay comfortable throughout the trip, you do not need to bring too many items with you (no matter how long you will be staying there). Choosing the right clothes, shoes and accessories to bring will make a real difference to your trip. Always bring comfortable shoes that you can easily slip on, especially if you’re likely to do lots of walking. When choosing the clothes to bring, always consider the weather that you will experience in that area. Bring light layered clothes instead of bringing bulky jackets to stay comfortable when the temperature suddenly dips. And, of course, do not forget your pre-natal kit (water bottle, compression socks, pregnancy vitamins, tissues, dry crackers, antacids, and panadol).
The best part about travelling is the ability to try different cuisines that are new to our palette, but pregnant moms need to be careful when dining out. Always consider a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and breads. Although you might be adventurous with food before, you need to be extra cautious with what you eat now that you have a growing baby inside you to keep you feeling well and avoid getting sick while abroad. If you are unsure about the safety of the water in your destination, only buy bottled water from known establishments and avoid buying raw vegetables and fruits that are already peeled. It’s ideal to also bring your own food or snacks in your trip if you feel that you will not be able to eat certain food at your destination.
Take regular breaks
Travelling can also be tiring for many pregnant women, especially those in their 2nd trimester. With all the hardwork that is going on in your body, it’s normal to easily feel tired than usual. It’s okay to catch up on your sleep even when you are on a holiday, as that’s what vacations are for. Resting doesn’t mean you are missing out on a lot of fun. Rather, it allows your body to store more energy to enjoy a few more hours of exploring later. In addition, do not be embarrassed if you need plenty of toilet stops than usual. Just make sure you bring antibacterial hand and body wipes, as not all bathrooms abroad (especially the public ones) are clean and hygienic.