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Flying when Pregnant

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one relaxing last holiday before the baby arrives. Although many expectant mums may be nervous about flying, if you take the right precautions you will be perfectly comfortable and safe. Follow our top five tips for flying when pregnant.

Speak to Your Doctor

Whatever stage you are at in your pregnancy, it is essential that you speak to your doctor before you leave. Ask them for a medical certificate that states you are safe to fly; although most airlines won’t ask you for one of these it is good to have one just in case of any difficulties at the airport.

Your doctor will also be able to give you advice on how to stay safe onboard and give you any medication that may help make your flights more enjoyable.

Staying Comfortable Onboard

Airplane seats are not renowned for being the most comfortable – particularly on long flights; therefore, you need to find your own ways to stay comfortable onboard. When you’re checking in, request that you can have seats with extra space. The aisle seats are the most comfortable and it is much easier for you to get out and walk around if you need to. You’ll also find that you’ll have a much smoother ride if you are seated in the middle of the plane. Airlines will not allow you to sit in the emergency exit seats if you are pregnant.

Sitting down for long periods of time can be incredibly uncomfortable, even if you’re not pregnant. It is important that you regularly stand up and walk around to keep your circulation going. You should also do a few simple stretches every half hour or so as circulation problems are very common in pregnant women.

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Dress Appropriately

What you wear can make a big difference to how you feel on your flight. Make sure that you wear loose clothing made from breathable fabrics – remember comfort comes before fashion when flying!

When you’re pregnant, your risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is greatly heightened, so invest in a pair of DVT preventative in-flight socks. These are very inexpensive and you can buy them from most major airports and online.

Choose your Destination Carefully

If you are heavily pregnant or don’t feel comfortable sitting down for long periods of time, then you should be careful what destination you choose for your holiday.

There are plenty of places you can visit without having to endure long flights. Try to pick destinations that are close to home, to make the whole experience much easier.

Another thing to take into consideration when choosing where you are going to go is what medical facilities there are available. Complications can happen at any stage of pregnancy so you want to feel safe knowing that you have access to adequate medical help should you require it.  Make a note of local hospitals around where you’ll be staying before you leave.

Check Airline Restrictions

All airlines have restrictions on pregnant women flying with them. While some of them will let you fly very close to your due date, others are a lot stricter.

Before booking your flights make sure that you understand their restrictions and that you won’t find yourself being unable to fly. As we mentioned before, always ask your doctor for a medical certificate saying you are safe to fly no more than three days prior to your departure just in case they ask for it.

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Family Holiday

Organising a family vacation can be an expensive undertaking. After all, it often feels like the only way to ensure that you all have a really good time is to spend more money. However, it is actually very easy to save money on your vacation while still making sure that you all have a lot of fun. Here are five simple but effective tips that will enable you to save money and have a great time on your next family vacation.

1. Prepare Your Own Food

One of the simplest ways that you can save money when you next go on a family vacation is to cook your own food. Meals out for the whole family can be incredibly expensive over the course of your vacation, so the more you can cut down on these the better.

If you do want to eat out in restaurants, another money-saving food tip is to save your big meals for the middle of the day. Many restaurants have affordable lunchtime menus, and you can take advantage of this and then eat a smaller, cheaper meal in the evening.

It’s also a good idea to buy some cheap and filling snacks at a supermarket (such as nuts and dried fruit) to take out with you on day trips. It will be a lot less expensive than buying ice creams, crisps, hamburgers and chocolate bars throughout the day.

2. Use Comparison Sites
Comparison sites are a traveller’s best friend. There are now comparison sites that can help you with many aspects of going on vacation, so make use of them all to save on your expenses. You can find the best deals on travel insurance, flights, hotels and more just by looking at a few sites, so it makes sense to spend a few minutes checking what’s available before you go ahead and book everything.

3. Travel Out of Season
Travelling in the low season is one of the simplest way to cut the cost of your family holiday considerably. Whichever destination you have in mind, find out when the cheapest time to travel there is and you may find that hotels, restaurants and attractions all come with significant discounts. The downside is that certain attractions may not be open, but it really depends on where you go, so do a bit of research in advance and the savings could be significant.

4. Rent an Apartment
If you always stay in hotels on your vacations, consider a different accommodation option that could save you a huge amount of money. Renting an apartment often works out a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel, especially if there are a lot of you. You may even be able to find a luxury apartment for less than it would cost to stay in a standard hotel room for a week. Alternatively, consider a camping holiday. This is one of the cheapest accommodation options available, and it can be a lot of fun as well.

5. Save Money on Your Hotel

If you do decide to stay in a hotel, make sure you avoid all of the expensive extras. This means avoiding the hotel breakfast unless it is included free of charge, steering clear of the pricey restaurant, and avoiding services like laundry, all of which you can probably find nearby for less.

Make sure you also keep your eyes open for discounts when you are booking your hotel rooms, and even consider haggling over the price – you may be surprised at the discounts that are sometimes available if you are ready to negotiate.

Enjoy a Cheaper Family Vacation
Travelling as a family is a lot of fun, but that does not mean it has to cost you a fortune. You can still enjoy an excellent family vacation while cutting down on costs by following the above tips. So start planning your family vacation this year without having to worry about how you will afford it because there are always ways that you can cut down on costs while still ensuring you all have a great time.

Elizabeth Bailey is a travel consultant and a mother of 3. She enjoys taking the family out on car trips and sharing her experiences through blogging. For ideas about car rental, visit the link.