Wills and Kate’s Caribbean babymoon is inspiring an increasing number of parents-to-be to book a pre-baby holiday.
Research from global travel search engine Skyscanner suggested that almost a third of soon to be parents are heading off on holiday before the sleepless nights kick off.
The study polled 1,000 parents and expectant parents across the country to uncover where the lure of the babymoon was strongest and found that those living in Northern Ireland are the most likely (56%) to take a break before the birth of their first child, followed by Londoners (35%).
Hotels are making the most of the new trend and offering tailor made baby moons. “They’re stepping up their game – offering a wide range of tailored experiences for pregnant women to enjoy,” says Victoria Bailie, Skyscanner spokesperson, who is expecting a baby herself.
To make booking a babymoon as stress-free as possible, Skyscanner has created a checklist of things to consider including details on when you can fly, travel insurance policies and other useful hints and tips:
- How far along are you? Airline policies for pregnant women vary between carriers (for example easyJet cut off after 35 weeks whilst British Airways cut-off at 36 weeks), so ensure you have checked cut off dates before booking. In addition, make sure you take into account the return leg of your journey when obtaining your certificate
- Make sure you take your maternity notes, contact details for your regular doctor and any prescriptions you may need
- If you’re planning a spa trip remember many spa facilities i.e. Jacuzzi, steam, and sauna are not recommended for women throughout pregnancy. Many treatments are also not suitable in the first 12 weeks
- Check you have sufficient travel insurance. Not all travel insurance policies will cover both mum and unborn child so make sure you have one that does cover both and will cover your infant if the delivery occurs while travelling
- Make sure you travel with your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which covers routine maternity care. Click here to apply for your EHIC online
- Pregnant travellers should be aware of DVT prevention measures such as wearing support stockings, stretching / massaging your legs and walking up and down the aisle every half an hour or so. Drink plenty of water and avoid carbonated beverages
For more information see www.skyscanner.net