Congratulations! You found out you’re expecting your newest little love and you’re ready to celebrate with an epic babymoon! Of course, one of the first questions you’ll have is can you fly internationally while you’re pregnant.
If you love to travel and explore, I definitely encourage you to instill that love of adventure in your children. There’s no reason to stop traveling once you have babies, but there’s no denying that hopping on a plan without kids in tow leads to a much more easy-breezy vacation. So by all means, use these last few months of just-the-two-of-you to plan the babymoon of your dreams and get in one more dream vacation.
While it’s always best to consult with your doctor, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that for pregnancies without medical complications, air travel up to 36 weeks is generally safe. You’ll also want to review your airline’s policies as most limit travel beyond 36 weeks, while some place earlier restrictions. Some airlines might require documentation from your doctor stating that travel is safe, so you’ll want to make sure you have any paperwork they require prepared and ready. I’d also recommend confirming your health insurance coverage in case you need to seek care while abroad.
So, if all looks good, and you’re ready to plan your babymoon, when should you go? The first trimester is often marked by nausea, and the third trimester can start to become uncomfortable as you approach your due date. As shared by WebMD, the second trimester of your pregnancy is often the easiest. Those 3 months, between weeks 13 and 28 would make the perfect window in which to plan a getaway before baby is here!
Consult with your doctor, but if you’re experiencing a healthy pregnancy, travel before 36 weeks is generally safe! Check in with your airline and health insurance provider to see how their policies affect your plans and care, and then have fun making plans!
And if you’d like to document this milestone vacation and the final few days before baby is here, I’d love to plan a maternity session for you during your babymoon! If you would like more information about a session with me, I’d love to invite you to send a little note my way here.
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Jan 25, 2024
Becca is an award-winning maternity and newborn destination photographer serving Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and surrounding areas. She offers a tailored experience with a full client wardrobe, stunning light-filled studio, and unique locations locally and worldwide.
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