Booking a trip just for you and your partner is a great way to enjoy those last moments together before your baby arrives. Most forms of transport are safe to travel on during pregnancy. Always take your medical notes with you and check your insurance covers you before you book. When choosing your destination, consider whether medical care is readily available.
Check the risks of the country you are travelling to – some travel vaccinations are not recommended during pregnancy.
Remember, you may be more sensitive to the heat – take extra steps to keep cool and be more vigilant with your sunscreen.
For more advice visit https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/travelling/
Flying during pregnancy
Flying is considered safe during pregnancy but check with your GP or midwife if you have any complications. It is also worth checking with the airline as they may have special rules on flying when pregnant.
Plane, car or train
Regardless of whether you are travelling by car, train or plane, you are likely to spend a long period of time sitting during your journey. This can put a strain on your veins, making your legs feel tired and achy.
Although thrombosis is a rare condition, the risks are increased for pregnant women, particularly on long journeys. Reduce the risk by drinking plenty, ensuring you have enough leg room and stretching your legs often.
Consider using compression socks to relieve the pressure. They are a proven aid to support blood circulation in the legs and to counteract swollen ankles and aching legs.