Several couples fancy last-minute traveling before having to take on the responsibility of constantly changing diapers and having sleepless nights. However, you have to make sure that you and your baby will continue to stay healthy.
Pregnant women may have to consider getting insurance before traveling, however, most insurances have different policies when it comes to pregnancy. A common problem is that while insurance companies disagree on covering pregnancy cases, some ferries might actually have no problem allowing pregnant women to travel, as long as they are not beyond their 34th week.
If your pregnancy has no complications, it would be best to travel in between your 14th and 28th week because this is the time where miscarriage is less likely to occur. However, you must check with your OB-Gynaecologist if it is perfectly fine for you to travel because it is your doctor who knows your situation the best.
If your doctor assures you that it is perfectly okay for you to travel, then the next thing that you should do now is to do some thorough research on the place you are planning to go to and look for some hospitals or health care facilities in case you might need medical attention. You must bring your prenatal records with you when you travel.
You must then contact your ferry service and ask if they will allow you to travel with them. Most ferries allow pregnant women to travel, but only those who have not yet reached their 28th week can do so without having to avail of a medical certificate or permission; however, it all depends on the length of the travel. If you are more than 28 weeks and less than 34 weeks, you will need to get a medical certificate or permission from your OB-Gynaecologist (if he/she allows you to travel that far along in your pregnancy) stating that it is still okay for you to travel. However, if you are more than 34 weeks, your ferry service will not give you the authorization to travel anymore. You should know how far along you are, and you must inform the ferry service before you purchase any tickets so that your money will not be wasted in case you will not be allowed to travel.
Since pregnant women get morning sickness, you might be more prone to sea sickness whilst traveling. Motion sickness wristbands are very cheap and available in pharmacies, so you can use them as precautions. They might also be available on board the ferry. Motion sickness wristbands use acupressure points to help prevent an upset stomach and nausea. They may be a good alternative to having medication, but if you want, you could still consider having morning sickness medication on hand, just in case you might prefer taking them instead of wearing sea sickness bands. But you must first check with your doctor if those medications are safe.
Also, check with your ferry if they have a health care provider on board, just in case of any unexpected complications that might occur during the journey.
How to make the best of your travel during pregnancy?
1. Dress comfortably in loose clothes and wear comfortable shoes.
2. Make necessary travels to the restroom and don’t remain seated all the time. You should get up and stretch every once in a while, especially if the travel is a long one.
3. Do not eat food that you know is not good for you and advised by the doctor for you to avoid. Drink bottled water and not tap water.