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Top tips for planning a stress-free babymoon

Top tips for planning a stress-free babymoon

Babymoons give you a chance to enjoy some rest and relaxation before your new arrival. Make sure your pregnancy holiday goes as smoothly as possible with our top tips.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
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Posted 19 NOVEMBER 2019

Don’t over exert yourself

Make sure you’re taking it easy and planning lots of rests and breaks. You might not have the energy you’re used to having on holiday, and in a few weeks’/months’ time things are going to get very busy for you! Enjoy some time to relax while you can.


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Book your break for the right time

Between four and six months pregnant is generally the best time to travel.

Don’t forget your travel insurance

If you already have an annual policy, make sure it covers every pregnancy eventuality e.g. pregnancy-related medical care during labour, premature birth and the cost of changing the date of your return trip if you go into labour. If not, you may need to shop around for a single-trip policy that suits your needs.

Don’t be afraid to let people know you’re pregnant

Not everyone has a noticeable baby bump, even late into pregnancy, so it can be worth letting people know you’re expecting before you travel. Airlines can offer you an aisle seat – for easy access to the toilet – and you could be given fast-track queuing to keep you off your feet.

Get a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming you’re safe to travel

It should confirm your due date and that you aren’t at risk of any complications. You should also carry your maternity records with you at all times. Some travel companies require this and it’s always good to have the information on hand if you need to visit a doctor while away.

Dress for comfort, not style

It’s easy to be tempted to pack a fashionable, but not entirely functional, holiday wardrobe. Especially on flights, or in hot climates, you’ll be thankful for baggy, comfortable clothes.

Stay well hydrated

This is especially important if you’re visiting a hotter country and while you’re travelling. Have a bottle of water with you at all times.

Check your medication

Some medications you may regularly take away with you, like treatments for stomach upsets and diarrhea, aren’t suitable during pregnancy.

Check your travel company’s Ts and Cs

If you’re flying or sailing, check the pregnancy policy of the airline or ferry company you’re using. The rules on when you can travel may vary.

Our babymoon checklist

Make sure you have all these things ready to take with you…

  • A decent sun screen with a high SPF
  • A four-wheeled suitcase (easier to push than a two-wheeled version)
  • Your birth plan and pregnancy notes
  • Bottled water and plenty of healthy snacks for the journey
  • Your mobile phone and charger – so you can stay connected
  • Bio-oil – so you can have a relaxing massage!
  • A book – you never know when you’ll next get the chance to have a good read…
  • DVT socks – not the most glamorous footwear but essential for long flights
  • A camera and a notebook

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