If this is your first pregnancy you might be surprised at some of the challenges and regulations that come with traveling for two, even to areas not affected by Zika. These are the basics to get you started:
Don’t let a bump get in between you and a great travel experience.
- Check with your doctor before you head out. Not only is it good to have up-to-date records, an ultrasound picture, and even a permission slip just in case you look further along than you are (this can absolutely cause problems), but they’ll let you know their personal cutoff date. Most tend to stick around 32 weeks, but your doctor could be more strict or lenient.
- Try to get the contact info of an OB at your destination, just in case.
- Get up! Blood clots can happen to anyone on flights, but pregnant women are extra susceptible. Walk around or at least flex calves, ankles, and feet whenever you can.
- Book an aisle seat. Your compressed bladder will thank you.
- Eat and drink smart. Dehydration is a bigger issue if you’re expecting, and dips in your blood sugar might not line up with the snack cart’s arrival. So drink plenty of water and bring healthy, easy to munch on snacks like grapes, apple slices, carrot sticks, and almonds.
Pack your bags! (Onesies optional)
- Always check the airline’s policy. If you’re traveling domestically in your first or second trimester there’s rarely an issue. However, every airline has different policies, especially when it comes to international and third trimester travel.
- If you want to take a cruise, you’ll most likely have to leave earlier. Though some cruise lines let you set sail up to your due date, many more won’t let you on board past 23 or 24 weeks.
- Check back with the CDC site before you leave to ensure that you destination is still safe or if any additional precautions are needed.
- Get travel insurance. Even if you normally skip this step, travel insurance provides some serious peace of mind when planning a trip months before you know how you’ll feel at that point. This is definitely a better safe than sorry scenario.
- Lastly, have fun! Enjoy yourself and relax for two!
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