7 Fun Things to Do When Travelling Pregnant

It’s natural to have concerns about setting off on holiday when you’re expecting, but the good news is that it’s normally safe for both mother and baby, and although you’ll need to take it easy, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. In fact, taking a trip can be a welcome break from the planning, appointments, and everyday commitments you’ll have back home. Here are 7 fun things you can do when you are traveling pregnant.
1. Spend time at a spa
Pregnancy is the perfect time to indulge in pampering, so book a stay at a spa and enjoy being waited on hand and foot — you certainly deserve it.
Lots of spas now offer prenatal treatments, such as massages designed to ease the aches and pains of mothers to be. You could also go for a manicure or pedicure (or both), even if you can’t see your feet anymore!

2. Explore your destination
You don’t have to miss out on sightseeing because you’re pregnant; you just need to take a more chilled out approach. Stick to landmarks which are easy to access, and avoid steep hills and uneven surfaces. Even a gentle stroll around the city or resort will give you plenty to see and you may even stumble upon a hidden gem.
Don’t forget:

  • Bring a bottle of water with you and drink from it regularly.
  • Take toilet breaks when you need them.
  • Pack healthy snacks to eat whenever you get hungry — this will keep your blood sugar levels stable.

3. Visit friends or family
If you have friends or family who live abroad, why not use part of your babymoon to go and see them? It’s an opportunity to catch up with loved ones, plus you’ll be able to get an insider’s opinion about all the best things to do in your destination. Win-win.

Photo by Daan Huttinga on Unsplash

4. Go on a shopping spree
Whether you’re a fan of independent boutiques, enormous shopping centres, or bustling markets, chances are you’ll find somewhere to enjoy a spot of retail therapy.
To make a more meaningful purchase, avoid gifts aimed at tourists and look for traditional items from your destination instead. The Swiss are known for their chocolate, the Turkish for their coffee, the Scandinavian for their knitted jumpers… seek out something you can’t find at home. And if you don’t see anything you like (or don’t have room in your suitcase)? That’s okay — at the very least you’ll have fun people-watching as you stroll around the shopping areas.
Looking for more inspiration? Business Insider listed the best souvenirs from 19 countries around the world.
5. Enjoy the local cuisine
Dining with your partner or travel companion is one of the best ways to spend some quality time together. Although there are precautions you need to take, you can still enjoy lots of different foods while you’re pregnant, so don’t be afraid to give traditional cuisine a go.
Foods to avoid while pregnant:

  • Anything that looks undercooked, especially meat or fish
  • Eggs with a runny yolk
  • Pâté
  • Blue-veined cheese
  • Soft cheeses with a hard rind

For more information on diet and wellbeing, read Holidaysafe’s pregnancy travel guide.

Photo by Joseph Chan on Unsplash

6. Take lots of pictures
There’s a lot to be said for living in the moment, but you’ll want to remember this time, so don’t forget to bring your camera with you (or use the one on your phone if the pictures are good quality).
Not only will you enjoy looking back on your pregnancy adventures, but when they’re old enough your little one will have fun seeing what you got up to on your travels.
7. Relax
This goes without saying, but you won’t have much time to do your own thing when your baby arrives, so make the most of your freedom. You’ll go into motherhood feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for anything.

This post was made possible through a partnership with HolidaySafe . The opinions expressed above are that of their own and do not offer any medical advice to pregnant women.

Special Guest Thursday: Giving Birth Abroad {The European Mama}

I am very happy to have Olga – the blogger behind The European Mama – visiting my Special Guest Thursday today!
Olga is a fellow Multicultural Kid Blogger and I love her style of writing, as well as her straight-forward ways of expressing her ideas and thoughts. Today Olga is sharing with me and you some tips and thoughts on Giving Birth Abroad!


Olga is a Polish woman, living in the Netherlands with her German husband and 3 trilingual children. She gives insights on her blog into her life in Netherlands, her activities, cooking, being an expat, multilingualism, and parenting and  more.
The European Mama was initially a trilingual blog, however it is now primary in English.
In the past, Olga lived in several countries (including Germany, Canada and the Netherlands), and learned to speak 5 languages. She studied German philology at the University of Warsaw, then followed by a MA in Media Cultures at the University of Bremen. You can join Olga on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.



Having a baby is no small undertaking. There are so many questions to ask yourself: Where to have the baby? Who will be present at birth? But above all, how will life with baby look like?
Now imagine that you are having this baby in a totally strange country. This situation raises many additional questions and can be problematic for many couples. As a mom who has had all of her three children abroad, I have learned a little about having children in a different culture. Here are some tips and advice for all of you who are expecting a baby abroad.
1)      Cultural differences
Many cultures approach birth differently. In some countries, birth is considered a normal part of a woman’s life and doesn’t need extensive care of a doctor. In others, birth is dangerous and you need all the testing you can get to make sure you and you baby are OK.  There are also many customs and traditions related to birth and the postpartum period. Pregnant women may be allowed some foods in certain countries and forbidden the same foods in others. This may be an additional reason for culture shock but also an opportunity to learn about other cultures.
2)      Differences in quality of healthcare
While a lot of the customs and traditions surrounding births are cultural, some countries are definitely better to give birth in than others. This is not necessarily a West/the rest type of thing as many countries all over the world have fabulous healthcare systems and do their best to support moms and babies. On the other side, some expats find themselves in countries where the healthcare system is of bad quality, and labouring women are treated badly.
3)      Your own expectations
I live in the Netherlands and have talked to many women about their experiences of giving birth here and what struck me is that they all had different expectations about what giving birth here will be like. In the Netherlands, women will have a midwife and will only be referred to a doctor when something goes wrong. Many women were very happy with this natural approach to birth while others were left worrying that the maternity system is of low quality and they felt that their access to pain relief was very limited. Depending on where you come from, your expectations may vary.
4)      Money can be a problem
Unfortunately, your birth experience could depend on the amount of money you have available. In some countries you need to pay out-of pocket for the birth, in others you have insurance that covers everything. In yet others, you may have to give bribes in exchange for a better treatment (a separate room, an epidural, etc.) and in yet others, you may be treated better because you are a foreigner. I know it’s sad but in many countries this is the reality.
5)      Your support network
If you are an expat mom, you may not have your family nearby. Likewise, your husband may not be welcome in the delivery room. Some countries offer a wonderful support network for expat women, consisting of doulas, birth educators, postpartum midwives and other birth professionals. If they are available, make use of them, they will make a huge difference in your birth experience. Think of your friends as well- they know what you’re going through, and will do their best to support you. And you can always consider asking your family to come.
6)      Place of birth
While hospital birth is becoming the norm all over the world, some countries support out-of hospital births and women can have their babies at home, or at a birth centre (that can be either free-standing or attached to a hospital). Some friends of mine made the decision to go back to their own countries for the birth because they feel they will be better supported there- and may also receive better quality of care, and also because they’d have families to help out after birth.
There are so many decisions to be made when you have a baby abroad. Some women have more choices and possibilities than others, but there are some things all women can do. Try to gather as much information as possible to get an idea of how the system works in the country you are in. Be aware of your expectations and see if they can they be met- or maybe change your mind and go local! Consider the amount of money you’re willing to spend- and if it’s going to be reimbursed by your insurance. If you’re afraid that in the country you live, the healthcare system is not of good quality, consider going home for the birth if possible, or ask around to have the safest, best birth possible.
And when you’re giving birth abroad, you have the unique experience to learn how other cultures approach birth, what the challenges are. Learn from these experiences and use them to help other women who are pregnant after you.
Thank you for sharing, Olga!
As for the readers – have you given birth abroad before? What was your experience?



Cooking series: Mexican Quesadilla

Downloads5When I was pregnant, I craved all sorts of foods. At some point I wanted to eat Mexican food but we had no restaurants it!

So I did my own research, made my own tortillas and the quesadillas came out just lovely!


I made my own tortillas and salsa. I later tried the same recipe with store-bought tortillas but it wasn’t the same.

What you need:


3.5 cups of flour

100 gr of butter or margarine (if you don’t have – use 0.5 cup of vegetable oil)

0.5 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of very hot water

Salsa sauce:

2 tomatoes

2 bell peppers (1 yellow and 1 red)

1 spicy pepper

1 small onion

few cloves of garlic

2 stems of coriander

Additional ingredients:

If you are making a meaty quesadilla – cooked beef, chicken or pork, shredded with fork.

Cooked minced meat would also do.

You will also need sour cream and shredded cheese (any of your favorite type).

If you don’t have one, squeeze some lemon juice into the whipped cream (which hasn’t been whipped yet) and mix till it curds and thickens. Voilà, your own version of sour cream is ready!

How to make it:


Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add margarine/butter/vegetable oil. Use fork and mix everything well until you have pea-size pieces. Add the hot water and keep mixing with the fork until you have a dough. Then knead the dough for 3-4 minutes. Cover and put to rest for 15 minutes.

Cut the dough into 8 pieces, roll the pancake shapes. Heat up the pan and fry the pancakes for 1 minute on each side. Now you have ready tortillas!


Salsa sauce:

Cut everything in small pieces. Heat up some oil in a frying pan or in a wok, use medium fire, add all vegetables, add salt, some ground black pepper, some paprika powder  (if you have), some salt. Mix well, cover and steam for 20 minutes. Make sure most of the water evaporates – you should have only little bit of water left inside.

Assembling quesadillas:

Take 2 tortillas. Put one one the plate or baking sheet. Spread enough salsa sauce, then shredded chicken, then sour cream, on top put some cheese and cover with second pancake.

If you have an oven – place in the oven until cheese melts.

If you use a frying pan – heat up the pan on medium-low fire and put quesadilla there, cover and keep until the cheese melts.


Cut quesadillas into 4 pieces and serve hot.

Total time of cooking – about 40-50 minutes.


As you can see, my at that time 3+ year old was not happy all “naans” were used for making quesadillas. So she was sulking for a bit! But she loved the tortillas by themselves!

What is your favorite Mexican dish? Share with me the recipe – I’d love to try it!

Some thoughts on pregnancy

As I you know, I am a mom to two girls. Lots of people say they look the same but they are so different. I usually don’t like comparing but a mother can’t help recalling when each milestone was made, how the sleeping was and what the characters the children had.

 Here are some facts (among others) about my two children that I couldn’t help but notice and compare:


  • My first daughter didn’t sleep for 2 years. She started sleeping through the night when I weaned her after her 2nd birthday.

  • My second daughter is an amazing sleeper: at night her first stretch is from 4 to 8 hours (depending on her health and stage of development).


  • My first daughter didn’t find solid food appealing. Until now she is quite a picky eater.

  • My second daughter loves solids.


  • My first daughter was quite high needs and she wouldn’t fall asleep with anyone but me. She also wouldn’t fall asleep other way but while nursing.

  • My second daughter is so calm and patient: she can play on her own for a long time and she easily falls asleep with my husband and whoever holds her and pats her back.

Thinking about it all made me go back and compare both of my pregnancies. Here’s what I gathered so far:


  • My first pregnancy I had quite a poor diet. I did take prenatal vitamins but I was craving and ate a lot of junk food.

  • My second pregnancy I didn’t take prenatal vitamins (they made me sick), I ate home made food and my cravings changed every month.


  • My first pregnancy I worked a lot during first and second trimesters and barely exercised.

  • My second pregnancy I was a home-stay mom, I taught mommy & tot exercise classes AND I exercised on my own practically till delivery.


  • My first pregnancy was pretty stressful (work, high risk in first trimester, relocation during second and a stressful passport situation which almost made me take a flight in late pregnancy back home).

  • My second pregnancy I was more relaxed and rested well.


  • My first pregnancy I was an emotional wreck. I had those infamous mood swings and I had “baby blues” during first 3 months PPT.

  • My second pregnancy I was more in control of my emotions and even if I had “baby blues” neither I nor anyone around really noticed them!

Weight gain:

  • My first pregnancy I gained 26 kgs. (Baby’s birth weight was 3 kgs, low waters).

  • My second pregnancy I gained just 15 kgs. (Baby’s birth weight was 4.2 kgs, high waters).

Now, both of my girls were born healthy (despite some minor issues my first one had, i.e. umbilical cord tight around her neck and low level of waters). They nursed well and they gained well. My 4 year old is a lively spirited child. She is amazingly smart and artistic. My 7 months old is yet to show what she is made of, but we already notice her strong will and desire to explore.

So, what is it that makes a pregnancy healthy? You can find lots of advice on the matter from health providers, fitness instructors, been-there-done-that moms and friends . 

However, here are some of my thoughts *:

1. Do your research about pregnancy symptoms but don’t overdo it – there is so much information online that can scare you, however a lot of helpful information which can alarm you at the right time and for the right reason.

2. As hard as it can be, try not letting your emotions overflow you. Hormonal or not, you are still the one who controls your emotions. There are many relaxation techniques that can help you relax and feel more at ease emotionally. However, if all fails – feel free to scream and cry!

3. Communicate with your partner. Communication between a pregnant couple is very important. Both are undergoing a lot. Both can be stressed by pregnancy. Men should do their best to listen and understand their pregnant partners – there is a whole new life growing inside of them! And women in their turn should try and cut some slack to their men – a lot of men don’t start feeling very paternal till they get to hold that baby in their arms!

4. Exercise. Whether it is just a daily walk or you sign up for prenatal classes – it is important to move. Unless you are on a bedrest any sensible professional will recommend mild to regular exercise routine for you to follow.

5. Nutrition. It is OK to give into your cravings. However, if you feel you have some unusual cravings perhaps you could look deeper into the root of them and find out whether it is the lack of certain minerals and vitamins that create them.

6. Your other children. No matter how hard it is, spend some quality time with them. Even 10-15 minutes a day one-on-one with your other child will benefit you greatly.

7. If at some point of your pregnancy or post-partum you feel over-stressed or depressed, don’t hesitate to reach out of help. It is important to communicate your feelings to your friends and professionals. This also goes for adopting parents: the emotional stress can be very big. There is no shame in feeling down and your efforts are not any less than the ones of the biological parents.

A NOTE TO FRIENDS: be there for your pregnant or a new mother/father friend. Give your support and lend your ear. Having a child while an absolutely miraculous and happy occasion can also be very overwhelming and stressful.

What about your pregnancy experience? If you have more than 1 child, do you ever think of how each of your pregnancy was different and hence made an impact on your child’s character and temperament? 

To those future moms out there – I wish you all healthy pregnancies!


Please bear in mind this is a personal opinion based on personal experience. Each and every pregnancy, each and every child are different. I don’t claim all of the above to be the solution to having a healthy pregnancy or a healthy child. It is just a food for thought. However, if reading this helps you in any way, it would only make me happy for you!