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Baby on board: Our guide to bump-friendly travel

Tips for travel when you've got a baby on board

Baby on board: Our guide to bump-friendly travel

Tips for travel when you've got a baby on board

When you're pregnant the world can still be your oyster! You might travel a lot with your job or you might want to get away for some sunshine with your partner or family. Whatever your reason, having a bump needn't stop your travel plans.

Many women experience a real burst of energy in their second trimester as any morning sickness or exhaustion often can subside (phew!). It's often called the 'honeymoon' trimester and this is the time when many couples get away for a final holiday getaway before the baby arrives.

However you choose to travel and wherever you decide to go, read these handy guidelines to help you have a safe, healthy and happy trip.

Sunny
D-elight

Vitamin D is important during pregnancy (the NHS recommends women take a 10mg supplement per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding) because it helps the body to absorb calcium and support your bones. The main source of vitamin D is from sunlight - so a holiday is good for you in more ways than one, although of course don't forget your sun cream (at least SPF15)!


Top tips for bump-friendly travelling

Mum of two Angela says

"There are lots of essentials to remember but one thing you might not think about is your pregnancy notes. Nobody wants to be poorly on holiday, but just in case, pop them in with your travel documents for extra peace of mind."

Whether you're jetting off abroad or taking a car journey to the coast, make sure you know what's best for you and baby.


By Air

  • The NHS advises women that if they want to fly beyond 28 weeks the airline may ask your doctor or midwife for confirmation of the due date
  • Remember to drink plenty of water, move around regularly and wear flight socks to minimise the risk of deep-vein thrombosis

By Boat

  • If you're planning to take to the waters, check with the ferry company first as some don't let pregnant women travel beyond 32 weeks

By Car

  • Keep cool on long car journeys and let plenty of air circulate so you don't feel tired or dizzy
  • For comfort, wear your seatbelt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap across your pelvis under, not across, your bump
  • If you suffer from motion sickness sit in the front passenger seat and open the window for fresh air
  • Avoid making long trips on your own and share the driving with a companion

Keep Cool

When you're carrying extra baby baggage, you'll want to keep cool if you're jetting off to a hotter climate. Follow these ray-diant tips on how stay refreshed.

  • Wear loose and baggy clothing, and cover your head with a sun hat
  • Take a water spritz with you so you can have an instant freshen up
  • Find a shady spot, especially around midday

Vaccinations

The general advice is not to travel to countries where vaccinations are needed if you're pregnant. If you need to take anti-malaria medication speak to your doctor well in advance of travelling to find out what medication may be suitable.

Insurance

Before you go away, dig out your travel insurance details and check out the guidelines with your provider. If you have Boots Travel Insurance , you'll only be covered until week 24 of your pregnancy.

Perfect products to pack

Don't forget your toothbrush...or these essential holiday must-haves for mum-to-be:



Top tip: Wonderful water will keep you hydrated however you're travelling so ensure you grab a bottle before you go!

Read more like this:
A-Z of common pregnancy niggles
Pregnancy symptoms

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Baby on board: Our guide to bump-friendly travel
Tips for travel when you've got a baby on board

When you're pregnant the world can still be your oyster! You might travel a lot with your job or you might want to get away for some sunshine with your partner or family. Whatever your reason, having a bump needn't stop your travel plans.

Many women experience a real burst of energy in their second trimester as any morning sickness or exhaustion often can subside (phew!). It's often called the 'honeymoon' trimester and this is the time when many couples get away for a final holiday getaway before the baby arrives.

However you choose to travel and wherever you decide to go, read these handy guidelines to help you have a safe, healthy and happy trip.

Sunny D-elight: Vitamin D is important during pregnancy (the NHS recommends women take a 10mg supplement per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding) because it helps the body to absorb calcium and support your bones. The main source of vitamin D is from sunlight - so a holiday is good for you in more ways than one, although of course don't forget your sun cream (at least SPF15)!


Top tips for bump-friendly travelling

Whether you're jetting off abroad or taking a car journey to the coast, make sure you know what's best for you and baby.


By Air

  • The NHS advises women that if they want to fly beyond 28 weeks the airline may ask your doctor or midwife for confirmation of the due date
  • Remember to drink plenty of water, move around regularly and wear flight socks to minimise the risk of deep-vein thrombosis

By Boat

  • If you're planning to take to the waters, check with the ferry company first as some don't let pregnant women travel beyond 32 weeks

By Car

  • Keep cool on long car journeys and let plenty of air circulate so you don't feel tired or dizzy
  • For comfort, wear your seatbelt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap across your pelvis under, not across, your bump
  • If you suffer from motion sickness sit in the front passenger seat and open the window for fresh air
  • Avoid making long trips on your own and share the driving with a companion

Keep Cool

When you're carrying extra baby baggage, you'll want to keep cool if you're jetting off to a hotter climate. Follow these ray-diant tips on how stay refreshed.

  • Wear loose and baggy clothing, and cover your head with a sun hat
  • Take a water spritz with you so you can have an instant freshen up
  • Find a shady spot, especially around midday

Vaccinations

The general advice is not to travel to countries where vaccinations are needed if you're pregnant. If you need to take anti-malaria medication speak to your doctor well in advance of travelling to find out what medication may be suitable.

Insurance

Before you go away, dig out your travel insurance details and check out the guidelines with your provider. If you have Boots Travel Insurance , you'll only be covered until week 24 of your pregnancy.

Perfect products to pack
Don't forget your toothbrush...or these essential holiday must-haves for mum-to-be:

Top tip: Wonderful water will keep you hydrated however you're travelling so ensure you grab a bottle before you go!

Read more like this:
A-Z of common pregnancy niggles

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