Travelling whilst pregnant:
A guide for mothers to be

Are you pregnant and planning a trip abroad? You and your bump can travel safely and happily with a small amount of extra research before you book. Many women are taking a much needed break and deciding to travel whilst pregnant, which means the ‘babymoon’ has become increasingly popular with pregnant women in the UK.

We wanted to help you to feel prepared before any trip. Our travel guide for mothers-to-be considers when and where to go away, how to fly in comfort and what your travel insurance policy should cover. Read on for your ultimate guide to babymooning! 

  • Travelling when pregnant may require more careful consideration. As your baby grows, your body  will go through a multitude of changes, so deciding when to travel will depend on many factors, such as your health, the health of your baby and how far along in your pregnancy you are.

  • Most mothers can travel happily and safely while pregnant. However, it is always best to check with your GP to make sure you are perfectly safe before booking a holiday.
  • The mid-term of your pregnancy is typically the preferable time to take your trip, as the sickness and fatigue of earlier pregnancy should (hopefully) have subsided, and the baby is at less risk during the second trimester.
  • It’s always best to check with your carrier to find out their policy on how far in to your pregnancy they will allow you to travel. Different restrictions will be in place depending on whether you choose to travel by plane, boat or coach.
  • The time of year and the destination that you travel to are up to you. However, it is important to make sure you are comfortable in your accommodation and the climate of your destination. Make sure that you’ll have everything you need throughout the duration of your trip and that the climate of the destination agrees with you.

As a pregnant woman or someone who has been pregnant before, you will know that you have regular hospital appointments, scans and general check-ups throughout your pregnancy. Although you can plan your trip around these appointments, it is important to be aware of the medical considerations and care that you might need when you’re away.

  • Research your destination on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website for advice on the healthcare available in the country you’re travelling to.
  • Avoid places where vaccinations are required prior to travel – use the Fit For Travel Website to check before you book.
  • If something goes wrong whilst you’re away, it’s always best to contact your travel insurance company for assistance straight away. Your insurer should offer a 24/7 medical assistance service and be able to make sure you receive the most appropriate advice depending on your individual circumstances. In an Allianz Assistance travel insurance policy, we have added reassurance as we have included the 24-hour GP Online Consultation Service, so you can speak to a professional about any concerns you have.

When considering a trip abroad during your pregnancy, the flight might be one of the biggest things on your mind to tackle. Here are some tips for keeping comfortable on the plane when you are pregnant.

  • Be sure to drink plenty of water as flying is dehydrating.
  • Wear flight socks or stockings, and move around the cabin regularly to reduce the risks of blood clotting.
  • After the 28th week of pregnancy, most airlines will request that you provide a letter from your midwife or GP advising that you are fit to fly and confirming your delivery due date.
  • Most airlines will not allow you to travel after 36 weeks.
  • Talk to your GP or midwife before travelling if you have any concerns or have had any prior complications during your pregnancy. 

Although you may want to do some activities when you are on your babymoon, it is important not to do anything that could risk yours or your baby’s health. Here are some destinations and climates to avoid when travelling whilst pregnant.

  • Very high altitudes (of 3000 metres of above) – save Mount Kilimanjaro for another trip!
  • Very hot and humid countries. Use to check the weather average for your destination before you travel.
  • Holidays that require a large amount of travel from place to place. Although a multi-stop trip may sound great in theory, spending six hours on a coach to get from one destination to another may not be the most comfortable experience during pregnancy.
  • Adventure activities that may raise your heart rate – even if you’re a born adrenaline seeker, leave the banana boating, mountain biking and jet-skiing until after the baby is born. 

You should never travel without travel insurance. Travel insurance can help to protect you against any potential costs, risks and stress, which is very important when you are carrying a baby. Before booking your holiday and taking out a travel insurance policy if you are travelling when pregnant, the best advice is to:

  • Always consult with your doctor beforehand. They can help to talk you through the potential risks with your particular circumstances in mind.
  • Check your airline, ferry operator or tour companies policy on pregnant travellers before any journey.
  • Although pregnancy is not considered a pre-existing medical condition, it is important to declare your pregnancy to your travel insurance provider to check that you are covered for any pregnancy related issues, should they occur whilst you are away.
  • If you find out that you are pregnant unexpectedly before a holiday and you have your travel insurance booked, you should get in touch with your travel insurance provider who may be able to alter your policy to cover your pregnancy.
  • If you are planning a trip abroad and are looking for travel insurance to help to protect you when you are on your babymoon, Allianz Assistance offer a range of cover levels, with experts on the end of the phone 24/7 to help you if you run into any problems.