A solo getaway with your hubby before the little one comes sounds like a good idea. After all, going on a babymoon may very well be the last time in a while before you get an uninterrupted vacation with your partner. Giving in to wanderlust is also a good way to prepare you for your newborn because it will clear your head and give you that much-needed rest before your new journey begins. Sold yet? But before you book that flight or hotel room, read this to learn more about travel during pregnancy.
Is it safe?
Of course, on top of your priorities should be your baby's safety as well as yours. Many moms ask if travel during pregnancy won't harm the baby in their wombs. The short answer to this question is it won't. But--and that is a big but--you have to consider three things first when planning to travel as an expectant mom:
- timing - Check your airline's policy about pregnant women traveling. Are you allowed to travel beyond 36 weeks? Do you need to submit a doctor's note if you're flying after 28 weeks? Aside from this, how are your pregnancy symptoms? The second trimester is generally the "most convenient" period during pregnancy because most women don't have morning sickness anymore and they won't feel as heavy as they would when they hit the third trimester.
- circulation - Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Your blood circulation can be impaired at certain altitudes and even during long car rides if you're doing land travel.
- due date - As much as possible, don't travel too close to your due date. It's also prudent to search for hospitals/doctors nearest your hotel just in case labor comes early.
For more safety tips when traveling during pregnancy, read on.
When's the best time to travel during pregnancy?
It varies from one expectant mom to another. Some women have no problems jet-setting at any stage of the pregnancy. However, generally, many moms-to-be find the second trimester--between weeks 14 and 28--to be the best time to be out and about. The first trimester could be out of the picture since it's when morning sickness usually plagues you. The third trimester, on the other hand, can be challenging. For one, you'll find it harder to move since your baby bump will be considerably bigger. Plus, it can be nerve-wracking if you suddenly go into labor early.
When should you not travel?
On the flip side, it's not a good idea safety-wise to travel if you are facing the following situations:
- There's a disease outbreak in your travel destination.
- You don't have updated vaccines needed for travel. Don't skip this part as this can ensure your safety and your baby's too. Visit your gynaecologist before traveling.
- Your journey requires extremely long car rides. As much as possible, keep car rides for 5-6 hours a day only especially if you'll be the one behind the wheel. Make sure to take a few stops for proper blood circulation. Try not to go to remote areas with bumpy roads, too.
- You have severe anemia, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, bone fractures, and other health concerns. You should consult your doctor first before traveling.
- You are more than 32 weeks and are expecting multiple births.
Here are more travel tips during pregnancy that you have to know.
What should you wear?
This is a tricky question. Of course, you have to dress appropriately for your destination. If you're going to a tropical getaway, wear light and airy clothes that are suitable for a hot, humid climate. In the same vein, if you're headed to a cold locale, make sure you'll be bundled up and protected from the elements.
Here are some pregnancy wardrobe essentials no matter your destination:
- comfy bras and panties
- shoes with ample support
- helpful maternity bands to support your baby bump and protect your back
If you're looking for some fashion inspiration, these celebs show how moms-to-be can look chic and comfy at the same time.
Compression socks: An expectant mom's travel must-have
When you're pregnant, you may experience swelling, pain, and cramps in your leg area. This can be even more so when you're traveling and your blood circulation is hampered because you can't stretch your legs as much. This calls for the help of compression socks, which give gentle pressure to increase blood circulation in your legs.
Planning to shop for a pair soon? Here's a list of the best compression socks.
Places to go for your babymoon
There's a lot to think about if you plan to travel during pregnancy. While some moms start with the destination first, others work their way backward. Now, if you're part of the latter, we've got you. Don't have a destination in mind yet? We can help.
Here are some wonderful tropical getaways you can visit. What's great about them is that they are not so far from Singapore, so you don't have to worry much about your comfort.
Yes, it's generally safe to travel during pregnancy provided you heed the safety tips that we've enumerated here. Going on a babymoon is a wonderful and romantic idea before you and your hubby embark on your journey as parents. But don't forget to visit your gynecologist or medical team before anything else. Get an all-clear before you even book your trip to make sure that it will go without a hitch (or as little hassle as possible). Enjoy your babymoon!
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