Every summer my family and I take a beach vacation to the Sandestin resort in Florida.
We just got back yesterday. Missed me last week? I sure missed hearing from you.
This year was particularly interesting though. Maybe because my pregnant mama radar is off the charts, but it seemed as though every lady I passed was pregnant.
Seeing those cute bellies made me think of the few times I traveled while pregnant. Wasn’t fun. Google wasn’t accessible by phone then nor did I properly prepare myself before embarking. More of a free-spirit than a planner at the time too.
Thought I could help out by giving you a few tips to enjoy your vacation pregnant.
- Research gestational age limits for travel and activities before-hand
Traveling by plane?
If you’re having a healthy low-risk pregnancy, most airlines will allow you to fly up to 36 weeks pregnant. After that, you’ll need a doctor/midwife approval within 3 days of your travel date.
If you’re going trans-national or trans-oceanic, most airlines will require doctor/midwife approval after 28 weeks.
Taking a cruise?
Research the cruise line’s “pregnancy policy” where you’ll find all the details. You’ll probably need to have your doctor/midwife fill out a release form. Most cruise lines will allow you to travel up to 24/25 weeks.
Plan on stopping every 90 minutes for bathroom and stretch breaks. Pack water bottles and healthy snacks galore such as nuts, trail mix, peelable fruit (bananas), and string cheese.
- Plan meals
One of the most aggravating things about being pregnant is not having food around when the craving hits. 2 words ya’ll…PLAN AHEAD!
Ever been hangry? Yeah, pregnant women get hangry all the time. Knowing in advance exactly where the food’s coming from and when will reduce your hangriness. Your family will thank you.
- Locate bathrooms before-hand
I wish there were a word for what it’s like when a pregnant woman has to pee. It’s pretty much the equivalent of right after you’ve potty-trained your toddler: they’re trained, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go.
If you’re in an airport, you can look up the airport map before-hand to at least get an idea of the location. If you’re at the beach or going on a hike, locate the restrooms before you set out for the day so you’ll know how far you have to walk back.
- Take lots of breaks and enjoy slowing down
Let’s get back to the essence of vacation here. Although you might be super fit and capable of doing almost everything pregnant that you did prior to pregnancy, you will most likely discover that you’ll need to turn down the notch at least a little.
Long walks on the beach may turn into short ones. Your favorite 2-mile hike might turn into your favorite ¼ mile hike with 3 stops in between. You’re growing a baby. Chill out. Even though you might not be able to do as much, you’re still doing A LOT!
Enjoy slowing down for once and really savor the time so that you won’t feel you need a vacation after your vacation.
- Get dry as quickly as possible
Pregnant women are at an increased risk for yeast infections. One thing that will increase your risks even more while pregnant is if you are wearing wet or damp clothes. If you’re at the pool, beach, or are sweating a lot, change into dry clothes as soon as possible.
- Be prepared
Sometimes, babies come early. And for no particular reason. Before leaving on vacation, obtain a copy of your prenatal medical records to bring with you. Find out where the nearest hospital that takes your insurance is at. And consider purchasing trip insurance in case you have to cancel due to complications or an early delivery.
I’m sure you’ve probably traveled before. Can you think of something you’d do differently when traveling while pregnant? Do you have any tips to add to the mix? Feel free to add them in the comments section below.
I’ll look for you there. Safe travels!
With so much love,