Summer is often a time for travel. Whether it’s an out-of-town wedding, family vacation or romantic escape, you may be planning, and looking forward to, the trip of a lifetime. But, there’s one catch – you’re pregnant!
Here, are our tips to make travelling while pregnant both comfortable and enjoyable.
Time it Right
If you’re able to, plan your trip during the second trimester. At this point, you’re less likely to experience morning sickness and fatigue often associated with the first and third trimesters.
Talk to Your Doctor
Consult your doctor prior to your trip. If you are flying or going on a cruise, you may need to provide a letter from him or her specifying your due date and any complications you’ve had throughout the pregnancy. You may also want to ask your doctor questions about what food to avoid at your destination, what activities to avoid (like scuba diving) and what required travel vaccinations are safe to take during pregnancy.
Pack Health-Related Documents
Pack your health card, emergency contact information, health insurance information, and any supporting documentation regarding your pregnancy to help avoid complications should an emergency arise.
Check Flight Policies
Different airline companies have different rules and regulations regarding expectant travellers. Below are major Canadian airline policies:
- Air Canada will allow you to fly without a doctor’s note up to and during your 36th week of pregnancy provided you’ve had a normal pregnancy so far.
- Porter Airlines requires a doctor’s note within 24 hours of your departure if you are 36-38 weeks pregnant. Past 38 weeks, you are not allowed to fly.
- Air Transat allows you to fly, with no restrictions, up until your 35th week of pregnancy. After this time, you must present a doctor’s note within 24 hours of your departure up until week 39.
- WestJet allows you to fly at any point in your pregnancy, but does recommend you check with your doctor or midwife before travelling.
If you’re travelling by car, be sure to stop every 90 minutes to two hours for breaks. If flying, ensure you get up and walk around just as often. Taking a break from sitting for extended periods of time will help prevent any pregnancy-related blood clots and swelling.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes when travelling long distances. Doing this will help your skin breathe and allow you to feel more relaxed should your body swell or expand.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Try and drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day (1.2 litres) to avoid dehydration (especially while flying) and prevent swelling.
Pack a Pregnancy Travel Kit
Pack a travel kit to help make your vacation, once you reach your destination, more enjoyable. Some items to consider packing include:
- Bug spray
- Acetaminophen (or Tylenol)
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Prenatal vitamins and other supplements
- Snacks you may crave that might not be available at your destination
By following a few simple tips, your last big vacation before baby will be both a memorable and enjoyable one.