Tips for travelling when you’re pregnant Emilie Filou Lonely Planet Writer SHARE
Being a guidebook author as well as a journalist, I travel a whole lot for work. And for leisure; I didn’t understand job by chance. So when I became pregnant, I thought I’d have the adjustments nonetheless it never crossed my head to stop travelling altogether. Now approaching the tip of my second trimester, I feel like I have made the best of it. Over the past five months, I have travelled to ’Côte dIvoire <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cote-divoire>, Brazil <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/brazil> and France <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france>, rogues on four separate occasions, including two extended research trips to the latest edition of Lonely Planet’s France guidebook. And it has all been a cinch. Disclaimer: I am fit, healthy and having a (single) trouble-free pregnancy. Were it far from the truth, I wouldn’t happen to be able to do just as much. But provided that you are well too, there isn't any reason why you need to hang up your rucksack and place your passport on sabbatical until baby looks her age enough to fly. Overall, I found a little planning plus some minor concessions (many of which I ought to make in your house anyway) were all that has been needed for an excellent trip. Formalities With several pragmatic adjustments, pregnancy needn't clip your travelling wings. Image by Tim Robberts / Digital Vision / Getty Images ·Health check: Every woman and pregnancy is unique so check together with your doctor or midwife that they’re happy so that you can travel (mine were very supportive). They’ll also be able to suggest medications you'll be able to or can’t take and purchasing immunisations along with disease prevention (read more about that in just a minute).
·Insurance: Policy provisions may differ depending on in your area, so it is important to look into the fine print. If you're European travelling in Europe, most policies covers you if you’re having a trouble-free pregnancy (as with several condition, you’ll be covered for unexpected events, not routine appointments). Just take your medical notes along, should anything happen. But in Australia, by way of example, no insurance provider will give you a pregnant woman flying internationally from the third trimester. Call your holiday insurance before you embark; travelling not insured could be extremely costly if you decide to go into labour early while abroad. ·Flying: Many airlines put restrictions on women that are pregnant in their third trimester along with the restrictions vary based on whether you happen to be flying long or short haul. Check the requirements when you book. In Europe, generally speaking, the cut-off point is 36 weeks for any single pregnancy, 32 for twins/triplets. Once you’re past 28 weeks, some carriers ask for any letter from a doctor or midwife confirming your deadline day and that there isn't any complications together with the pregnancy. Otherwise, the typical advice applies - drink an abundance of fluids, move often and wear compression socks (expecting mothers have a slightly greater risk of DVT, especially on long-haul flights). Malaria and dengue fever prevention Whatever your travel plans, it's worth getting professional advice beforehand coming from a doctor. Image by Johner Images - Kullman, Jonas / Brand X Pictures / Getty Images This is among the most delicate topic I had to handle. Health professionals advise expectant women not to go malaria-prevalent areas because pregnancy lessens the body’s immunity for the disease. If you must go, the options for prophylaxis could be more limited than usual: some drugs can not be taken by any means during pregnancy; others can just be prescribed over the past six months; others still only focus on some strains from the disease (and as a consequence only in some areas/countries). As a rule, I take prophylaxis if making your way to a malaria-prevalent area like Côte d’Ivoire (I know some travellers don’t, but that’s a debate for an additional pair article). Unfortunately, there was clearly nothing I could take now, so I decided instead to search all out on prevention. The powerful insect repellent DEET is just not recommended within the first ninety days of pregnancy; talk with a trained medical expert about creative options. Covering yourself up is vital: I wore long sleeves, long trousers and closed shoes and made a decision to have dinner indoors from the evening instead of on balmy terraces. I also slept inside an air-conditioned room; better yet would are already a mosquito net within the bed, although they were surprisingly scarce in Abidjan <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cote-divoire/abidjan>’s mid-range hotels. I also bought Avon Skin So Soft (avonshop.co.uk/product/bath-and-body/skin-so-soft/skin-so-soft-original-dry-oil-body-spray.html <http://avonshop.co.uk/product/bath-and-body/skin-so-soft/skin-so-soft-original-dry-oil-body-spray.html>), having heard it worked wonders (it really is a moisturiser). Its properties usually are not scientifically proven but anecdotal evidence is plentiful, so I thought I’d give it a go. The strategy worked personally: I left Côte d’Ivoire after four days with no single bite. In Brazil, that it was dengue, not malaria, I had to consider. There is no vaccine or prophylaxis available so I applied precisely the same bite prevention strategy much like malaria. I did get a number of bites over our two-week holiday, then again I’m uncertain they were mosquitoes… There is also diseases or health problems you may have to take into consideration before travelling, including immunisation - no matter what issue, do speak with your doctor about it so that you'll be able to make a thought out decision. Food and drink Pregnancy does impose some limits on what it is possible to eat and drink on the travels, however it's quite a bit less inconvenient perhaps you may think. Image by Valentine / Getty Images I’ve found your food and drink restrictions of childbearing to be my biggest frustration (if the were Twitter, I would add #firstworldproblem). I am a real foodie and cocktails are my guiltiest pleasure - the need to forego unpasteurised cheese and charcuterie (cured meats) in France and caipirinhas in Brazil was quite like punishment. On the plus side, I found people for being endlessly accommodating. In Corsica <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/corsica>, I had waiters running time for their kitchens to confirm which, if any, of these cheeses were constructed with pasteurised milk; in Brazil, friends plied me with plates of specially well-cooked barbecued meat; and inside the south of France, for restaurants made a fuss of preparing me a non-alcoholic aperitif. Apart on the market few restrictions, I followed a similar precautions as usual to minimise the health risks of food poisoning: filtered or bottled water if faucet water is unsafe; piping hot food; salads from places you trust. I also carried snacks (cereal bars, dried fruit or bananas) to push away the munchies (a pregnancy novelty). Activities OK, so perhaps you’ll should swap canyoning to get a trek and postpone your diving course until following baby comes into the world, but within the whole, I found that having a baby has not stopped me from enjoying a dynamic trip (and US athlete Alysia Montaño certainly rammed the actual home in her own recent 800m race - look into the video here <http://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2014/jun/28/professional-athlete-alysia-montano-800m-race-34-weeks-pregnant-video>). During my research with the France guidebook, I did several hikes in Corsica plus the Riviera, cycled around Nice <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/nice> and kayaked off Île Rousse <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/corsica/ile-rousse>. In Brazil, swimming, snorkelling and hiking on Ilha Grande were one of many highlights of my holiday. The only time I felt uncomfortable was over a dreadful road in Parque Nacional do Itatiaia <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/brazil/the-southeast/parque-nacional-de-itatiaia/sights/parks-gardens/parque-nacional-itatiaia> in Brazil. Knowing we’d should do a similar in reverse in the morning, I thought we would walk the worst stretch instead. As with health precautions, check together with your doctor or midwife denims . about any action. Clothing Pregnancy didn't stop Emilie Filou swimming, snorkelling and hiking her way around Ilha Grande on the recent day at Brazil. Image by Emilie Filou / Lonely Planet It might be stating the well-known but wearing comfortable clothes is critical. I wore all of my usual clothes until I was about 11 weeks pregnant and regretted lacking invested in a couple maternity trousers somewhere into your 2000km I drove for my France research (plan B was unbutton and unzip the jeans while driving - not terribly glamorous). I have it right in Brazil, however: one set of maternity jeans, a couple of linen cropped maternity trousers, baggy low-waist shorts and an abundance of dresses. Maxi/long dresses were a goal; the short dress-cum-leggings combo also worked a reward (a thicker version of rogues would be excellent for winter/colder climes). For swimwear, contemplate how comfortable you can be showing your bump: ‘tankinis’ and one-piece swimming suits are wonderful alternatives to bikinis. And although I don’t possess plans to travel somewhere cold before the baby exists, if were the way it is, I would certainly ensure that whatever coat I take zips on the bump - very last thing that a draughty tummy. Cultural issues If you're showing, be ready for people touching your bump, even strangers, particularly Mediterranean or Latin cultures. You may also encounter some disapproval in regards to you travelling. On the other hand, you’re likely to get shown unexpected kindness and attention: we received our first baby presents in Brazil from people there was only just met. Need a number of ideas on tips on how to keep your young explorers entertained in your house or within the road? Check out our Lonely Planet Kids books and apps <http://www.lonelyplanet.com/kids>. Kickstart the travel bug by showing them exactly how amazing the planet can be.