I love my family to pieces, but how is anyone meant to plan a holiday with children AND expecting a little one?! Sometimes it can seem mad when mummies-to-be start thinking about heading away. However, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as we all once thought. Phew. These are just some of my top five tips for managing a holiday whilst pregnant. I wish you luck!
1. Think about your accommodation
What sort of holiday are you looking for? Expecting mums need to think about relaxing whilst the rest of the family will be looking for plenty to keep them entertained. Villa holidays can be the perfect answer to both issues. Our recent trip to Center Parcs showed how helpful it has to have everything you need in your own accommodation while still reaping in the benefits of a holiday. Plus, resorts such as Center Parcs have plenty on offer for the little ones meaning more time for mummy relaxation.
2. Holiday location
Did you know that sea air is filled with negative ions which helps how quickly we can absorb oxygen? This is one of the many reasons that pregnant travellers decide to head to the beach for their holiday. As well as feeling more energised for fun in the sun with the family during the day, the sea air can help every family member to relax more when it comes to bedtime. After all, a good night’s sleep is vital if you want to be up and active the next day.
3. Check in ahead
For many years people have blamed forgetfulness on ‘baby brain’, but now it looks as though research has proved baby brain really exists. This can make it tough to remember all the essential documents when it comes time to jump on the plane or check into the hotel. To avoid forgetting anything, one way is to scan all your necessary information into the computer and email a copy to yourself. As long as you have your phone, you will have your documents wherever you go.
4. Plenty of toys
As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have been known to bribe my three over the years. Sometimes a little gift is so much easier than having to deal with a full-blown temper tantrum. As well as stocking up on plenty to do throughout the journey, have you thought about setting toy challenges for your little ones? It could be handing over a toy every x number of miles, or one for behaving for however long. Either way, these treats will help make the journey as stress-free as possible. Just what you need as a mum to be.
5. Fun activities
We are so used to hearing all the things we can’t do whilst we are pregnant. Yes, it’s better to be safe than sorry, but what about all the wonderful things we can still enjoy? Although running, skiing, and scuba diving might be off the list, you and the whole family can still enjoy trips to the zoo, cave exploration, and swimming as some of the many options for holiday activities. This is the time to make memories with the little ones before a brand new arrival, so why not try something new?
I can’t wait to hear all the incredible stories of your travels with your family and bump in tow. If you have any more tips for managing a family holiday whilst pregnant be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments down below!
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