5 ways to stay safe travelling when pregnant
If you’re thinking of taking a trip during your pregnancy, these tips will help you stay safe
You can’t beat a luxury break for winding down before you dive headlong into parenthood! And with a few precautions, you can enjoy a healthy, happy holiday, and why not. Here’s five ways to stay safe while travelling overseas.
1. Safe food and drink
Be careful about food hygiene – if you’re concerned, avoid salads, ice creams and ice cubes in drinks. Check if tap water is safe, and if in doubt, just buy bottled. If you do get ill, keep hydrated and keep eating if you can – it’s better for the baby.
2. Keep cool
Avoid getting too hot – it won’t do you or the baby any good. And make sure you protect your skin from that lovely sunshine – it’s easier to burn in pregnancy.
3. Safe flying
If you’re flying for more five hours, there’s a small risk of blood clots - deep vein thrombosis, (DVT), so drink plenty of water and move about regularly - every 30 minutes or so. You can also buy some of those sexy support stockings to reduce any leg swelling, and boost your circulation by stretching your legs and making ankle circling movements every half an hour.
4. Check out health facilities
Research local facilities in case you need urgent attention and pack your medical records too so doctors know about your pregnancy and history. You probably won’t need any of it, but best to play it safe.
5. Consider vaccinations
Ideally pick a destination where you don’t need jabs - it’s thought the virus or bacteria in the jab may harm the baby. Or chat to your doctor if you do need to travel further afield – jabs are far safer than the disease itself.
‘Pregnancy-proof’ your travel insurance
Double check sure your policy offers you cover for essentials, like pregnancy-related medical care.