Many people worry that being pregnant means they have to put their whole life on hold, especially when it comes to travel plans. Some people even cancel any future holidays as soon as they find out they’re expecting. However, being pregnant doesn’t mean you should put off travel. In fact, you should definitely try and squeeze in at least one getaway before the little one is due. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t put off travel while you’re pregnant.
It’s not as scary as you might think
There are some horror stories about people accidentally giving birth while on holiday or getting really sick while they’re abroad and pregnant. However, travelling when pregnant really isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be. Sure, you have a few extra things to think about than usual, but it’s not impossible. Consider travelling in your second trimester if you can, as this is likely to be the easiest of the three – less morning sickness and less likelihood of giving birth while you’re away!
You and your partner will get to bond
Soon, your life is going to become a whirlwind of the new baby. There’s no denying that having kids will change your life for the better, but it may also give you and your partner less time together in the beginning. You’ll be surrounded by dirty nappies and have totally forgotten what a date night even looks like, for at least the first few months. Travelling when pregnant gives you two some time together, before all the (loving) chaos. Use this time to bond and prepare yourself for your new arrival.
You will enjoy the downtime
Some people think that being pregnant means just putting your feet up for nine months and that’s it – but that’s really not the case at all. You’ll be rushing around buying new things for the baby, decorating the nursery, and attending prenatal classes and midwife appointments. Going away means that you can enjoy some downtime and relaxation, before even more appointments and shopping trips. Opt for a spa weekend close to home if you don’t want to go abroad, but still want to take advantage of that downtime.
It will be harder to travel with a newborn
Have you ever been on a plane with a newborn? It’s definitely not easy for the parents or the other passengers. While it’s not impossible to travel with a new baby, it’s not a walk in the park either. It’s a good idea to try and tick one more destination off your bucket list before your little one arrives, as it might be a little while before you can jet off again. If you do travel with a newborn, you might want to make your fellow passengers a little survival pack for the journey!
You can make memories for your little one
One of the most adorable things you can do when travelling while you’re pregnant is to make some memories for your children. Invest in a scrapbook, take photos and collect souvenirs of your trip away. When they’re older, you can then show them where they were lucky enough to visit before they were even born. You can carry this on as they get older, too. A whole scrapbook of their travel memories… wonderful!
Being pregnant shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love to do. If you love to travel, then keep on travelling.
Did you travel when pregnant? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments.