Whether you're booking a relaxing weekend away or just nipping to the shops, travelling when pregnant takes a little planning. There's that other little person in your bump – and how they're affecting your body – that you need to take into consideration. However, with a few simple adjustments to your plans, you can make every journey a bit easier on yourself.
Here’s how to navigate planes, trains, boats and cars with an extra-special passenger in tow.
driving when pregnant
Thankfully, it’s perfectly safe to drive with a bump. You might be wondering when it's best to stop driving when pregnant, but it's simple really: as long as you’re comfortable (and can squeeze behind the wheel), it's your decision. However, there are some things to bear in mind.
Keep car journeys short and sweet. Stretch before you get in and do simple exercises on the road too. Try rolling your wrists and ankles to keep blood circulating. As your bump grows, be sure to regularly check and adjust the seat to make the lumbar support more comfortable.
By now, you know that your bladder has little patience, so take regular loo breaks. If you’re driving a long distance, stop every 90 minutes to stretch your legs. Also, don’t forget to keep a bottle of water at hand and a sick bag too (just in case morning sickness strikes!).
You don't need telling that your seat belt is essential, but you might not know that a three-point model is much safer for you and your unborn baby than a lap-only belt. When clipping in, make sure the lap strap is snugly under your bump while the cross strap sits between your breasts.
flying when pregnant
Your second trimester is the prime time to hop on a flight. Right now, morning sickness is (hopefully) behind you and those hormones are making you look and feel pretty great. It’s worth noting that after 28 weeks you’ll need a doctors note confirming your due date.
Some tips for flying when pregnant are:
• get up and walk around as much as possible
• ask cabin crew for you to be seated in the aisle
• stay hydrated
• wear comfortable footwear to help with any mid-flight foot swelling
Most airlines will let you travel up until the 36-week mark – 32 if you’re expecting twins. However, it is advised that you do your research before you fly, as some long-haul airlines prefer not to take expectant mums from 28 weeks onwards.
boating when pregnant
Thinking of boarding a boat with a bump? Keep trips short and avoid sailing too close to your due date – boats are harder to get off at short notice! If you experience motion sickness, sip water slowly and try wearing an acupressure band.
train travel during pregnancy
Reserve a seat ahead of time (in the aisle and by the loos is best). Station staff are more than happy to help if you can’t find a seat or need your bag stashing away – the top rule here is just to ask!
It’s worth checking with your local service to see if they offer any pregnancy perks. Virgin have a brilliant mum-to-be campaign to keep you comfy. Feeling like a logistics pro yet?
You might be busy growing a tiny human, but you still have to get to work (sorry about that). On the plus side, small changes can make your commute more manageable.
Can you travel off-peak or work from home? If you do have to board a rush hour train, wear a baby on board TFL badge, and if all else fails, ask for a seat! People are always willing to stand for a lady with a baby. Once you're home, all that's left is to plan your babymoon before your new arrival makes an appearance.