If you intend to travel with your spouse during her pregnancy, the second trimester is a good time to plan the trip. As her pregnancy advances, and later once your child is born, it will be more difficult to do so.
Here are some tips on traveling with your pregnant spouse:
- Discuss your travel plans with your spouse’s doctor.
- Check to see if your travel insurance policy includes pregnancy.
- Find out whether your chosen destination requires compliance with any immunization procedures, and if so, whether these are safe during pregnancy.
- Carry medications for pregnancy related problems such as heartburn, constipation, or skin complaints in your medical kit. Include this in your carry-on luggage while flying.
- Always carry drinking water with you. Ensure that your spouse drinks adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.
- If your holiday involves any strenuous or sporting activity, check with your doctor about whether these are safe during pregnancy.
These are some tips specific to flying with your pregnant spouse:
- Check with her doctor if there are any flying risks specific to your spouse’s pregnancy.
- Find out if the airline has any special requirements for pregnant travelers, for instance, a doctor’s note.
- Try to book a seat with some extra leg space, especially if it is a long flight.
- Ask your partner to wear the seat belt under her abdomen, across the lap.
- Remind her to stretch and move her legs frequently while seated during a long flight.