I have been so lucky with my prenatal care experience this time around with Hattie. So lucky, that I’m now partnering with my birthing center, Baby+Co, to help all you mamas-to-be with preparing for international travel while pregnant! Baby+Co’s slogan says it all: A modern birth center, built on evidence, delivered with love. Learn more about Baby+Co here.
When I was pregnant with Jude, I didn’t travel. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to, but at the time, it just wasn’t plausible with finances. This time, I’m finishing up a graduate degree which requires me to spend the next two weeks in Spain (with a side trip to Portugal). I’m excited (and nervous) for this adventure, but between talking with my midwives and doing a lot of research, I’m feeling well prepared!
Preparing for international travel while pregnant can sometimes seem daunting. How the heck am I going to be comfortable for an 8+ hour plane ride? Will my belly fit in those small bathroom stalls on the plane? Will the person next to me get annoyed with me walking around the plane so much?
I have asked myself these questions, among others, multiple times over the past few months. Luckily, I found out I was pregnant prior to booking the actual flights. This came in handy because I was able to upgrade to economy plus. While not first class, economy plus allows me to still have a nicer seat with a double, rather than triple or quadruple, row and will get me better attention from the flight attendant.
When booking your flight overseas remember the following:
Once I had knocked each of these off my list, I had to seriously think about how I’d stay comfortable during the actual flight. My midwife at Baby+Co suggested the following:
I’d also add these to that list:
While I wasn’t able to plan my travel for the ideal time-frame, I am lucky to still be in my second trimester when I leave for Spain today. It’s recommended by pretty much anyone you talk to that you travel during your second trimester for safety purposes. If you’re traveling too late into your third trimester, you could risk having to have your child in a foreign country. Not a girl’s ideal vacation, if you ask me.
As I said, Preparing for international travel while pregnant can be tricky, but now that I feel prepared for my trip today, I’m excited to finally go! Do you have any other tips for traveling internationally while pregnant? Comment with them below! I’d love to hear.
And remember, if you’re looking for a more holistic approach to prenatal care and birth, check out Baby+Co!
*While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.*