Dates for your diary
Generally, babymoons are recommended during the second trimester when any morning sickness and early pregnancy tiredness will have hopefully subsided. In the last few months, you’ll probably feel too uncomfortable and heavy to travel, and most airlines won’t accept anyone over 37 weeks pregnant, anyway. So, plan your trip away for the middle months if you can.
Health and safety matters
First check if your airline requires medical clearance from your midwife or doctor – most insist on it for pregnancies over 27 weeks. And make sure your travel insurance company will cover you if, for instance, your due date is less than six weeks away, or potential complications are expected during labour.
Pregnancy increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or lung clots (Pulmonary Emboli) – something exacerbated by flying. So, if your flight is longer than four hours, walk the aisles regularly and stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. While they’re not all that glamorous, wearing a pair of graduated compression stockings can also help reduce calf swelling.
Also, research the healthcare facilities where you’re going – and whether you need vaccinations. It’s worth bearing in mind when you’re skimming travel brochures that doctors are extremely wary about live vaccines, such as yellow fever, and anti-malarial meds – which might rule out visiting parts of Africa and South America. And although fewer Zika outbreaks have been reported recently, places still at risk are: South and Central America, Pacific Islands, Africa and The Caribbean. After all, it’s important to have peace of mind when you’re busy relaxing on that sun lounger.
Eat, drink and move sensibly for two
If you’re used to them, most midwives will tell you that gentle hikes and walking around on sightseeing trips are fine. But activities like water-skiing, scuba diving and parasailing are something to save for that post-baby break. Anyway, this is the perfect excuse for staying horizontal on the beach or by the pool, mocktail in hand.
Food-wise, it’s time to suppress those Camembert cravings – as you’re no doubt aware you should avoid unpasteurised milk and cheese, along with not eating raw or undercooked meat. And unless you’re sure the tap water is safe, stick to bottled.