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baby on board:
flying, vaccinations and travel insurance when pregnant

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be travelling during pregnancy. After all, this is probably your last chance to get away without being weighed down by buggies and bottles. Before you plan your holiday though, there are some things to consider.

guide to travelling when pregnant

when to travel during pregnancy

It’s usually best to travel during your second trimester of pregnancy. In your first trimester morning sickness and tiredness could ruin the fun. It’s best not to travel during your final trimester just in case baby arrives early – it’s never fun being ill abroad, never mind going into labour.


If you do feel like you need a break at this point, plan a weekend away close to home. This is the perfect time to put your feet up and have a rest with your partner before the mayhem of motherhood starts.

where to travel during pregnancy

There's no need to be put off travelling abroad during pregnancy, but do choose your destination wisely. Try to avoid very hot or humid climates. It’s important that you don’t get overheated (you’re probably already feeling uncomfortable enough as it is). Choose a destination with a similar average temperature to home.


If you do go abroad, check out the healthcare facilities. Travel somewhere with modern healthcare and take your antenatal notes with you. Most pregnant women travel with no problem at all, but it’s always better to be on the safe side.

flying when pregnant

Each airline has different regulations when it comes to flying when pregnant. Most won’t let you fly after 36 weeks and you may need a doctor’s note confirming your due date after 28 weeks. The risk of deep vein thrombosis is that bit higher if you fly while pregnant, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent this:


  • walk around as much as possible
  • wear compression stockings
  • drink lots of water
  • do foot exercises

travel insurance when pregnant

Travel insurance is essential if you’re travelling when pregnant. If you have annual travel insurance, check to see whether your policy will cover your pregnancy. It’s more than likely that your holiday will run smoothly, but you'll want to be covered for every eventuality.

travel vaccinations during pregnancy

Some travel vaccinations can be harmful to your baby – make sure the GP giving you any travel jabs or tablets knows that you’re pregnant. Drop into your nearest travel clinic or doctor's surgery for advice.


If there’s a risk of malaria in your holiday spot, speak to your GP before you travel. Some malaria tablets aren’t suitable for pregnant women and can make you very ill. Your doctor will be able to recommend an alternative form of prevention.

things to remember

Know the facts before you travel to help feel in control later on. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:


  • drink bottled water in foreign countries (and use it to brush your teeth too)
  • don’t eat buffet-style meals or food that has been left sitting out
  • don’t use a hot tub or sauna
  • take your antenatal notes
  • make sure your travel insurance covers pregnancy
  • speak to your airline before travel if you’re past 28 weeks
  • get your free baby on board badge for travelling on public transport
  • enjoy yourself!