Being pregnant is one of the most amazing periods in woman’s life. I have never thought of it like that, but now that I am pregnant myself, I can agree completely.
Ever since we have started with our travel blog, I have been getting questions about traveling during pregnancy. Giving advices about something I don’t know did not make any sense. But now that I am also pregnant, in fact it’s been 7 months already; I do have an idea or two, how traveling during pregnancy looks like. But before I continue, I must admit I was surprised, how many health troubles can arise when being pregnant. All the things that can go wrong during pregnancy are also the reason it is extremely hard to be smart when it comes to traveling during pregnancy. Each pregnancy is unique and there are no general rules and advices.
I consider myself being very lucky at the beginning of my pregnancy, as I was not filling sick a single day. I cannot even imagine how bad you feel when being sick all day long. In that case I would definitely be against traveling during pregnancy. Honestly, I also think you would not consider traveling yourself either. Later in your pregnancy you can have problems with diabetes, high blood pressure, swelling feet, varicose veins… Not a very good signs for traveling during pregnancy. But lets rather stay on the positive side and thoughts. Untill I was in 6th months I had no issues with pregnancy, what gave me lots of opportunities to travel.
When I was in second month I was instantly tired. I hardly managed to survive 8 hours at work and as soon as I came home, I went straight to bed. Even though I felt tired, we did travel to Madeira, as the tickets were bought before knowing I am pregnant. We adjusted the complete travel itinerary due to my pregnancy and my condition. Even though I still was sleeping a lot in Madeira, we managed to explore the complete island and had a wonderful time.
In my 6th month we decided to do a roadtrip around Germany, Belgium and Holland. Our pumpkin was becoming more and more active each day. My belly was growing fast and with that also back pain, but seeing all the photos with my growing belly, everything was forgotten. When we returned from the roadtrip, my gynecologist diagnosed my placenta is too low, what meant I need to rest as much as I can. Even though we planned to do another roadtrip to Sardinia at the end of September, we cancelled that up. After all, having a low placenta is not something you should ignore, especially as we don’t want that our baby joins us too quickly.
Before that I was extremely active – working full time, writing for the blog, taking long walks, visiting pilates, hanging out with friends, doing short trips… But now, with each day my couch is becoming a better friend. I don’t like that much tough, but nothing can be done here. I only have 3 more months of pregnancy left and I am sure these limitations will make our joy of getting a baby even bigger. Luckily, we still can do some short trips, if I get enough rest.
If you might be asking yourself, why all the travels during my pregnancy were done just around Europe, it is not because of my pregnancy, but rather because of the money. Getting a baby is unfortunately also connected with money – especially getting the first born. In our case travels outside of Europe and our finances would just not be up for everything.
Well and now back to the question. There is not wrong or right answer if traveling during pregnancy is ok or not, as every pregnancy and pregnant women is different. My advice would definitely be only one – listen to your body and if you want to go traveling, ask your gynecologist about your health and pregnancy. If your pregnancy is healthy, there should not be any obstacle for traveling during it, but if there are, you will be better off at home. But as already mentioned, your gynecologist will know best. Nevertheless if you will need to stay at home or not during your pregnancy, enjoy it, as this truly is a magical and special period in life.