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Travel can be stressful at the best of times, never mind when you’re expecting a little one. But don’t worry — I’ve got some great tips to make it as stress-free as possible. A few careful considerations and you’ll be ready for your trip in no time at all. Here are five ways to make travel easier while pregnant.1. Get a doctor’s letter
Your doctor is one of the most useful sources at your disposal when it comes to pregnant travel, so make the most of their help. Not only will they be able to advise you on the best travel plans for your pregnancy, but if you’re intending to take a flight they can write a letter clearing you to fly. It should be dated around 7-10 days before your journey.
Many airlines require this permission if you are 27 or more weeks along, others may need to see a letter no matter which stage you’re at. Staff have the authority to stop you from boarding the flight if they believe you’re at risk, or if you could cause a risk to other passengers, so a letter from your doctor will reassure them.
2. Make sure you have travel insurance
A travel insurance policy is vital, especially when you’re pregnant. Medical costs abroad (or even away from home) can add up very quickly, so ensure you’re covered any eventuality. It’ll be a weight off your shoulders, and could save you a lot of money.
Don’t forget: Check the terms and conditions of potential policies thoroughly before buying — they need to cover not only your pregnancy, but any illnesses or conditions that have developed because of your pregnancy.
If you have an existing policy, make sure your insurer knows about your pregnancy and any side effects.
3. Bring your maternity notes with you
Maternity notes detail the history of your entire pregnancy. Needless to say, they’re incredibly useful for medical staff if you ever need to be treated while you’re away from home, since they’re written in a way that can be understood worldwide.
Keep your maternity notes on you at all times, and you could save valuable time (and even your life in extreme situations).
4. Travel during your second trimester
The second trimester is the best time to travel, without a doubt.
Your first trimester is often notable for nausea spells and morning sickness, and even getting up off the sofa may seem like a challenge, never mind travelling somewhere different.
In your third trimester, the baby will have grown significantly and you’re more likely to get tired quickly. Travelling can be an added stress, memorable for all the wrong reasons.
So, what’s so good about the second trimester? Your hormones will have settled down, your sickness should have stopped, and it’s about this time that most women report having a glow about them, or more energy. Take advantage of this and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself to the full.
Finally, relax! Travelling is an ideal opportunity to take some quality time away from everyday life before the baby arrives, so make the most of it. Rest when you need to, spend time with your partner, and treat yourself to some peace and quiet.