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.

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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.

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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.

Torn paper art

The art type I’m going to talk about is something I remember so clearly from my kindergarten days. I can still see the picture I made out of torn paper. We only did it twice but it was probably the most fun art project ever that’s why nearly 30 years later I still have a vivid memory of it.

Tearing paper is one of the best activities for toddlers. When they grow and explore they attempt to tear everything that can be torn. As parents and educators I am sure you have been through those disappointed moments where you find your unread newspaper or a favorite book torn apart and quite often kids get scolded and punished for the fun they had! But this is a very different subject and my only advice here – don’t leave things in your child’s/student’s reach. He/she WILL get to them!

So back to the torn paper art. It is simple, it is fun. All you need is a bigger piece of white paper, some color paper (they could be the left overs from other projects that you would normally throw away. I keep them all now and use for such projects!), and glue.

The project my daughter and I did is called “Mosaic Window”.

1. First let the child tear up color paper into small pieces. Not too small though.

2. Using a glue stick have the child randomly glue the pieces on the white paper.

3. With bigger kids once the white paper is filled up and the glue dried up a bit, trace the pieces glued.

4. From another white piece of paper cut out kind of a frame and glue it on top of the mosaic. Let it dry a bit and then you can do what we did – display it on the wall 🙂

Few things you might want to consider when preparing for this activity:

1. Actually, the preparation is minimal. This activity can be done at any time.

2. Do in the area that is easy to clean.

3. Have your child wear some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We use a special apron.

4. Supervise. Turning away for a moment can cause glue being all over the place, even in the mouth!

Enjoy your time and thank you for reading my blog!

Playdough fun!

I have been pondering to try playdough with my toddler for a while but I was delaying as I was hoping to find a safe version (aka non-toxic). Recently, a wonderful friend dedicated us a post on her blog on How to make homemade playdough . We are lacking a couple of ingredients in order to make it but we have recently tried the playdough that was given miss T as a birthday present.

Few things I was reassured in again:

1. Always make sure the child and you wear clothes that you aren’t afraid to get dirty.

2. Cover the surface with a piece of plastic (if possible) – regular playdough stains and is not always easy to get off the surface even if it dried.

3. Start with one piece at a time – it eases your cleaning job.

4. Don’t leave kids under 4 unattended with playdough – even the non-toxic playdough consumed in big amounts (and in 99% of the time it WILL be consumed!) can cause some tummy problems.

Playdough is an amazing way for children to develop their motor skills (both gross and fine). It is a good way to help children with concentration and focus. It helps to have some extra tools like cookie forms to cut out shapes; may be a little plastic knife from your child’s kitchen set or from food delivery.

Enjoy the play time and thank you for reading my blog!