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.

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.

Josh Daniels
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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.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 

From 17 May 2021, a travel traffic light system has been introduced and trips to green listed countries will be legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant local authority, which can be found here.

If a country is on the green list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you're aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and to check travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed at short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice for the latest information.

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to most amber and red listed countries. Should you choose to travel against the FCDO rules, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase. Some providers do offer cover for international travel if you’re travelling for essential purposes, however most do not. In all cases, should you have any queries please check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before purchasing to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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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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