Pregnancy, although an incredible time can be hard work, so it’s important to take care and treat yourself every now and then. If it’s your first child as well, it may be the last chance you get to go on a relaxing holiday just you and your partner.

It’s natural to have concerns when you’re away from home. Here are some things you can do to cope with pregnancy while you’re on holiday. Happy travelling!

 

holiday whilst pregnant. A lady emerged into an infinity pool looking out over the ocean

 

Get the right travel insurance
You might already have travel insurance in place, but does it cover your pregnancy? The ideal travel insurance policy will cover your pregnancy and any medical conditions or illnesses that have been caused by it.
Medical bills can be extortionate if you need treatment while you’re abroad, so it’s really not worth the risk of going without it. What’s more, a good policy will give you peace of mind, allowing you to relax and really enjoy your holiday.

Go at the right time
It’s generally agreed that the best time to go on holiday in pregnancy is during the second trimester (between 13 and 28 weeks, although many airlines won’t let you fly after 27). The sickness and nausea of the first trimester will (hopefully) have stopped, your hormones will have settled down, and you won’t be quite as exhausted as you will be in the third trimester.

It’s worth noting that your bump can appear and grow quite rapidly at this stage, so make sure your holiday wardrobe reflects that!

Enjoy the food…
… but make sure you know what you can eat (and what you can’t).

Fresh fruits and vegetables, energy-boosting carbohydrates like bread, potatoes and pasta, protein-packed beans and pulses, low-fat dairy products, and snacks like cereal bars and wholemeal crackers will give you all the nutrients you need.
Foods to avoid:
• Soft cheese with a white rind, or cheese with blue mould
• Pȃté
• Partially cooked eggs
• Undercooked meat
• Liver and game
• Fish oil
• Shark, swordfish and marlin

 

holiday whilst pregnant. A lady’s legs from the knees to feet lying in a purple hammock wearing dark blue denim jeans and brown boots

 

Listen to your body
If you need to take a break, take a break. If you’d like to get moving, go on a gentle stroll, swim in the pool, or stretch out with some pregnancy yoga. Now more than ever, it’s important to look after yourself and a holiday is the perfect time to do that.

Avoid anything too adventurous
While you’ll still be able to explore the local area and admire the scenery, activities that could result in falls or sudden movements should be avoided at all costs.
Give these activities a miss:
• Hiking
• Climbing
• Skiing
• Snowboarding
• Horse riding
• Waterskiing
• Windsurfing
• Scuba diving
• Visits to theme parks and water parks

Relax
The most important thing! Now is the time to take it easy, so make the most of it. Enjoy spending quality time with your partner or travel companion before your little one arrives x

 

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21 Comments on How to make the most of a holiday whilst pregnant

  1. Kara
    January 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm (4 months ago)

    I have been away whilst pregnant a couple of times and it was lovely and relaxing. Just remember to take notes with you

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  2. Christy
    January 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm (4 months ago)

    Great tips! I went on a 2 week Med cruise whilst in the first trimester and had awful morning sickness. Still glad I went (compared to cancelling and losing our money anyway – I found out I was pregnant 3 days before the cruise date!), but I would definitely wait for that period to pass before going on holiday if you’re choosing your dates with pregnancy in mind. I spent a lot of time just sitting on the balcony and relaxing.

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  3. yeahlifestyle
    January 3, 2018 at 6:44 pm (4 months ago)

    These are some great tips for those who are pregnant as its a difficult time for some and having these tips will surely help them.

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  4. Lynne Harper
    January 3, 2018 at 6:48 pm (4 months ago)

    I only ever ventured to Southern Ireland when I was pregnant due to high risk. i always envied friends going on summer/warm holidays when pregnant, soaking up the sun and enjoying new areas )

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  5. Laura Dove
    January 3, 2018 at 9:19 pm (4 months ago)

    I have been pregnant during holidays and didn’t find it any different other than I was way hotter! I don’t really drink so I never missed that, nor do I like any of the foods you have to avoid! I was really lucky!

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  6. Ana De-Jesus
    January 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm (4 months ago)

    I have never been pregnant before but my friend has just found out that she is expecting and has a holiday booked! I will definitely let her know that she needs to avoid certain foods like blue or soft cheese!

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  7. hann182014
    January 3, 2018 at 11:35 pm (4 months ago)

    I definitely agree with you about insurance. Always important to make sure you are covered

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  8. Rhian Westbury
    January 4, 2018 at 9:37 am (4 months ago)

    I’d never have thought about going in your second trimester, I didn’t realise quite how bad the sickness can be at the beginning x

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  9. Emily Leary
    January 4, 2018 at 12:14 pm (4 months ago)

    I can’t think of anything more relaxing than taking a break and booking a holiday during your pregnancy. What a great way to relax and unwind!

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  10. Sarah Bailey
    January 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm (4 months ago)

    I bet it is a nice time to take a holiday while you a pregnant but making sure you know what you can and can’t do is such a big thing!

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  11. thesparklenest
    January 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm (4 months ago)

    I went on holiday when I was pregnant with my first and really wanted to go on a speed boat but the organisers wouldn’t let me – probably very much for the best!

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    • Jenni
      January 9, 2018 at 10:37 am (3 months ago)

      Haha yes I think they were wise to stop you x

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  12. Home and Horizon
    January 5, 2018 at 2:20 am (4 months ago)

    Great tips! You’re on point with your DOs and DONTs. Relaxing is really the best holiday while being pregnant.

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  13. Helen
    January 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm (4 months ago)

    These are all great tips for any mums to be. Going on holiday is a great way to relax before baby comes.

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  14. Leigh Travers
    January 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm (4 months ago)

    What a great post and I can imagine this is super helpful for any mums-to-be!

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  15. adriana
    January 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm (4 months ago)

    It definitely is so important to know what you can and cannot eat! Great post!

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  16. dearmummyblog
    January 5, 2018 at 9:45 pm (4 months ago)

    My folks went on a baby moon before I was born and 5 months was the optimal time for my mummy, she’d just gotten over the sickness stage. Great tips!

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    • Jenni
      January 9, 2018 at 10:36 am (3 months ago)

      Baby moons are getting a lot more popular, it’s the perfect time to enjoy being a couple before the little one arrives x

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  17. secretplussizegoddessblog
    January 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm (4 months ago)

    I went abroad whilst pregnant with twins and it was a lovely break. It was April so mild sunny weather and I simply relaxed the whole time. Perfect!!

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    • Jenni
      January 9, 2018 at 10:32 am (3 months ago)

      That does sound perfect x

      Reply

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