Whether you’re doing short journeys in the car or getting on a plane for a holiday abroad, it’s important to take extra care of yourself when you’re pregnant. Making a few small changes and planning ahead will help to make sure you have a comfortable and safe journey.
Wherever you’re going, it’s a good idea to take your maternity notes with you in case you need medical help.
It’s fine to drive or be a passenger in a car while you’re pregnant.
It’s important to wear a seat belt as you normally would. Make sure the straps don’t go over your bump by:
Take regular breaks when driving and make sure you bring some water and snacks with you for the journey.
If you’re planning a holiday, seek health advice as early as possible.
You should give some thought to where you want to go as:
You should also consider the quality of medical care in the country you plan to visit.
Fitfortravel has more advice for pregnant travellers
Activities like walking and swimming are fine while you’re pregnant, but it’s not a good idea to do any activity where you might fall.
Take care to avoid coming into contact with water or food that could cause tummy upsets. Some medicines for treating diarrhoea may not be suitable in pregnancy.
Talk to your midwife if you have questions.
You’ll need vaccinations before you travel to certain countries.
There are some vaccinations you shouldn’t have when you’re pregnant, especially in the first 3 months, so always check before you book anything.
Before you travel, you’ll need special travel insurance that:
If you don’t tell your insurer you’re pregnant before you travel, your insurance may not be valid.
If you’re travelling in Europe, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may allow you to use the health services in these countries.
Air travel is generally safe if you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy.
Most airlines won’t let you fly if you’re within about a month of your due date. Some will need a letter from your GP or midwife saying you’re fit to fly when you’re 7 months pregnant. Check with the airline before you book.
When travelling by plane:
Be aware it may take you a bit longer than before to recover from jet lag.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a deep vein in your leg, calf or pelvis.
You’re more likely to get DVT if:
If you’re travelling on a long-distance flight or sitting for 4 hours or more, talk to your midwife as you may need medication. Follow your midwife or doctor’s advice.
More about deep vein thrombosis
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2 November 2023