Pregnant on holiday

Pregnant and on holiday, that’s easy. But it is not always convenient to go on holiday, for example when you are heavily pregnant or when you are bleeding. Everything abroad is arranged a bit differently than we are used to here. Popular holiday destinations are Egypt, Bali, France, Turkey or Greece. A number of other popular foreign holiday destinations are also discussed. What tips should you definitely take with you when you go on holiday while pregnant, both in your own country and abroad?

Pregnant on holiday: tips

Are you going on holiday and are you pregnant? This does not have to be a problem at all. A pregnant woman can go on holiday just as well as any other woman. However, there are a number of things that must be taken into account. For example, it is useful to always take your insurance papers with you, in addition to the midwife’s papers. Nowadays, many midwives keep your data digitally, but you could ask for a printout or at least write down the most important data and take it with you on holiday. Write down your blood type, the due date of delivery and details such as your blood sugar level, blood pressure or other details.
Traveling has sometimes become more difficult in the last two months. For example, not every airline likes to take heavily pregnant women. From 36 weeks of pregnancy onwards, pregnant women will only board a few planes. From 28 weeks of pregnancy you often need a statement from the midwife stating the due date. If you do not have this with you, you may be refused. If you are going on a cruise (long boat trip), you have a chance of being refused entry from 24 weeks of pregnancy. You are allowed to travel by train, but remember that you can give birth anywhere, especially during the last month of your pregnancy. The question is whether you want this.
There is a lot to do in your own country and you are close to home. You are also familiar with the hospital: you know how everything works in your own country. Abroad, a completely different treatment method may be used. You have nothing to say against this. Therefore, accept the fact that you may be treated differently abroad if you suddenly experience bleeding or have to give birth there. You also have to be careful when eating and drinking in other countries. Although many indigenous women in these countries are pregnant and give birth to a healthy child, our bodies can react strongly to other foods or drinks. Moreover, hygiene in some countries is much worse than ours, which means that things go wrong relatively more often in those countries.

America, Bali, Egypt, Mexico, Turkey

Whichever country you go to, you have a long flight ahead of you. During the flight, pregnant women are more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis. To prevent this, it is advisable to drink plenty of water during the flight. If necessary, some aspirin can be taken beforehand. This thins the blood.
Get vaccinated on time if this is necessary in the country in question. The tropical countries are often riskier. Please mention that you are pregnant when vaccinating. The vaccination may sometimes involve risks during the first three months of pregnancy. Be careful with anti-malaria medications. Ask your own doctor which medicines are safe to take. You will encounter many wild animals, especially in countries such as Indonesia (Bali is popular) and Egypt. Don’t just pet these animals. Avoid touching stray animals, especially cats. Cats can be infected with toxoplasmosis, also pay close attention to feces or digging in soil.
If you are in a large and prosperous city, such as New York, you can drink safe drinking water. If you are in a rural area, tropical area or remote area, only drink bottled water. Don’t just order food from every roadside stall. Instead, buy pre-packaged food from the supermarket, or order food from a hygienic-looking restaurant. Do not eat raw fish or undercooked meat, as well as raw vegetables. An infection cannot always be prevented, but it can be reduced.

France, Greece, Europe

Closer to home, in Europe, hygiene in many places can be considered good to reasonable. If you don’t trust it, drink bottled water that is available in the supermarket. Don’t just drink water from a fountain or street tap. In Greece you can generally safely eat tzatziki, feta and meat. The condition is that meat is well done. You may want to ask if feta is not made from raw milk. Avoid eating raw salads or vegetables in a restaurant. You never know if it has been cleaned sufficiently. Be careful with fish.
When you go to Spain, you think of the sun (which is also in the sky in Greece). Please take it easy and drink plenty of fluids. Very high heat can sometimes cause a miscarriage during the first three months of pregnancy. This is especially the case when body temperature rises. When you are baking in the sun and you do not cool down enough, the body temperature can rise and cause a miscarriage or abnormalities.
Just like in your own country, you should not pet wild animals in Europe and you should stay away from (wild) cats. Always take your data with you, even within Europe. Check in advance for each holiday destination where the nearest doctor or hospital is located. Make sure you have a map or navigation to get here. It is annoying if you have to find where to go in an emergency.

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