In this blog post, I wanna provide some travel ideas for pregnant women.
One of the first thoughts a pregnant travel junkie might have is - can I travel during pregnancy? While the first checks at the doctor will give the answer to that, and if everything seems to be okay with the pregnancy, the second thought might be - what travel destinations are suitable for a pregnant woman?
I'll tell you how I felt during the pregnancy from month to month and where did I travel to with my growing belly :)
Travel Ideas for Pregnant Women | My Trips During Pregnancy
1# Switzerland | 1 - 9 Months Pregnant | 1-3-Hour Car Drives
First of all, we took many car drives within Switzerland. Each drive was different in terms of length, but the longest was about 3 hours. I had no problems during the drives.
In the first 3 months of my pregnancy, Jerry and I did a lot of stand up paddling by visiting different lakes around the country. I was a bit more tired than I would be without that growing baby in my belly and I didn't carry those heavy SUP boards around my myself, but everything else was normal.
While 5 and 6 months pregnant, we did some hiking (1 to 2.5 hour hikes) in Switzerland - autumn is a great period to do so. I tried to walk slowly and within my strengths. I took more breaks than usual but I'm happy I managed it to the top :)
8 months pregnant, we did some longer walks (1 to 2.5 hours) - first I thought it will be too much, but it turned out to be a great stretch for my body. If you feel great at this stage of pregnancy, make sure to allow yourself to do the activities you'd like to do!
2# Ireland | 1.5 Months Pregnant | 2.5-Hour Flight
Travelling to Ireland involved my first flight during pregnancy. I must confess, that was the first and it turned out also the only time I was a bit nervous about flying during this special time. Travelling & flying within the first trimester can be tricky due to sickness, dizziness and especially the risk of miscarriage. However, my inner voice told me to relax and to take the flight. Luckily, everything went well.
My pregnancy didn't limit any of my days in Ireland. The only thing was, I couldn't drink any of the Irish beers :)) I must say, overall, it was a great girls trip and I would do it once again if I had the choice. There was only one strange situation on the last day. While checking out of the hotel, I suddenly experienced my first morning sickness. I had to stop my check-out process and run to the bathroom :) Apart from that, everything was perfect and I was glad to attend this lovely girls trip!
3# Slovenia | 2 Months Pregnant | 8-Hour Car Drive
In August, we drove to Slovenia to visit our families, friends and for a cooperation with a local Slovenian tourism board. It was approx. a 8-hour car drive, which ended up perfectly, without any problems. Of course, we did a few more stops along the road than usual to stretch my pregnant legs but it was not a big deal. While in Slovenia, we enjoyed some warm summer days in our home town Kranj.
4# Germany | 3 Months Pregnant | 1.5-Hour Flight
Middle of August, my brother and I finally did a trip together - the destinations we decided to check out together were Hamburg and Bremen. I arrived by plane to Hamburg. Also this time, no complications during the flight. I drunk a lot of water, asked what's inside that sandwich (be careful with cheese, ham and fish during pregnancy!) and simply enjoyed the flight. When arrived, I took a taxi to the hotel - normally I try to use buses or trains to the city center but within the first trimester of pregnancy, it's common to be more tired than usual, so I chose the easier and quicker way :) The exploration around the country was normal, we could see and do a lot. Germany makes it a great country for travelling while being pregnant.
5# Austria | 3 Months Pregnant | 1.5-Hour Flight
August was quite busy with flying for a pregnant woman :) My company sent me to Vienna with Swiss Airlines for a short business trip. Luckily, I didn't have any unpleasant situations with sickness and vomiting. All went well.
6# Oman | 3.5 Months Pregnant | 8-Hour Flight
Well, Oman was quite a last minute decision. We actually had a flight booked for Indonesia (Sumatra), but my doctor didn't like the idea due to the possible Zika virus and the island's remoteness. So, we needed an alternative and ended up with booking Oman! The outbound flight with Emirates was very comfortable and the staff was very friendly. A bit more unpleasant was the return flight with Swiss Airlines - we waited quite some time to get some food, there was an order chaos with our vegetarian food and the air in the plane was somehow cold. Nevermind, could be worse. I was happy not facing any situations with sickness on the plane.
The trip around Oman was feasible for me as a pregnant woman. We did a normal 12-day road trip, visiting the main touristc destinations within the country. However, this time we took it a bit easier with hiking and stressing from one place to another. I was glad, I went on this trip. Nevertheless, there were some challenges from day 3 to let's say, day 8 during this trip. Suddenly, I had to deal with vomiting again - it appeared during driving, before breakfast, after lunch etc. Sometimes 3 times per day. At that time, the temperature in Oman was very high, it also reached 45 C degrees, so the combination of the heat and vomiting was not perfect, but still managable! I drunk a lot of water and tried to enjoy the beautiful landscape. I really didn't put much attention to the sickness. And hey, it disappeared after a few days and all was good!
7# Slovenia | 6.5 Months Pregnant | 1-Hour Flight
I was 6.5 months pregnant, when we took a plane to Slovenia (Swiss Airlines). It was quite a small plane and all seats were taken. A bit uncomfortable for a pregnant woman, but luckily the flight lasted only an hour. Also, as a precaution, I wore the compression socks during the flight. I also asked for an additional glass of water. The stay in Slovenia was short but I was able to drive around and visit my friends. Apart from that, the goal was to see our families again.
8# Lanzarote, The Canary Island | 7.5 Months Pregnant | 4-Hour Flight
One of the last travel destinations Jerry and I flew to, was the lovely Canary Island called Lanzarote. I was already 7.5 months pregnant, so I brought a medical certificate with me in case the flying company (in this case Edelweiss) would ask for one (btw. they didn't). When we booked the trip, I said to Jerry: "This will be a vacation for retired people". I thought, at this stage of pregnancy, I'm not gonna be able to travel much around the island, so the plan was to take it easy. However, it came differently. My energy levels were great. We managed to explore many corners of the island by driving around and walking some distances along the coast. I really enjoyed it.
As you see, I flew 6 times during my pregnancy and drove one time for a bit longer - approx. 8 hours. Luckily, I didn't have any problems! But every woman and every pregnancy might be different - please consult with your doctor first and listen to your body.
So, that was my outline about my trips during pregnancy. Hopefully you will get some ideas where to go in case you just found out that you're pregnant and you still wanna go on the road. Good luck!
Stay tuned about a blog post talking about outdoor activities while being pregnant! ;)
Where did you travel to during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below!