Why I Enjoy Travelling While Pregnant

The kindness of strangers made travelling with a baby bump a breeze

I just came back from a press trip to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in Florida, four glorious days of sun, sand and beautiful blue ocean stretching as far as the eye can see.

To be honest, I was nervous about travelling while nearly six months pregnant. Not only was I scared of small airplane seats, I was nervous about keeping up with five other non-pregnant bloggers and of course, the Zika virus. After confirmation from my midwife that Zika would not be an issue for me in this situation (I was covered in mosquito repellant 24hrs a day regardless) and confidence in my energy levels, I decided that I would give traveling while pregnant a try. I’m so very glad I did and here is why I enjoyed it:

Airport & Airplane Love

I once heard a friend say, ‘If the everyone treated each other like they treat pregnant women, the world would be a much happier place.’ I whole-heartedly agree.  

Normally the airport is a place full of scowls and angry people begrudgingly taking off their belts, but this time around security was full of travellers smiling at me and my belly, asking how far along I was and offering to help me with my bag. 

Security was kind, escorting me around the radioactive x-ray machines and helping me gather my belongings before collectively waving me on off in song.

The fantastic staff aboard the plane ‘aww-d’ as I boarded and made sure I was served with a smile. They let me stand in the galley and ensured I was fed and watered with everything I needed (plus I got the the good stuff from first class). Other travellers helped with my bags and no one called me names under their breath or rolled their eyes as I attempted to push my luggage down the narrow aisle. And everyone let me go first in the toilet line.

Dining Out Love

The friendliness continued at the restaurants. It seems that being from Canada AND pregnant makes one somewhat of a VIP. Throughout our visit, we ate at beachside venues, burger joints and upscale marina venues. Every restaurant treated me with a kind of delicacy and tenderness that I have never before encountered at a restaurant. If their specialty was not entirely appropriate for a pregnant traveller, they altered their dish just for me.

When everyone ordered a fun and exciting cocktail, the waitress would look at me with empathy and say, ‘How about we make you something non-alcoholic and delicious.’ I was served fruity, exorbitant, extra special mocktails and they made sure I was comfortable.

Again, I got the smiles and kind eyes.

Beach Time Love

For me, beach time was less about other people and more about my own demons. For so many years I have felt self-conscious on the beach, sucking in my tummy and making sure I lay on the towel in a position that shows the least amount of fat. 

Being pregnant on the beach, I felt free. Perhaps I was inspired by the beauty of the beaches themselves. For the first time, I was proud of my body. The extra weight I was carrying and my massive belly bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico made me feel powerful and beautiful. I hadn’t ‘put on a few’ or ‘needed some gym time.’ I was pregnant and that in itself felt amazing. Being pregnant and proud with the sun on my face, the sand between my toes, and surrounded by the beauty of the ocean made for one of the happiest travel experiences of my life.

Right from my arrival at the airport to my return a few days later, I felt nothing but good about my trip. As I enter the final trimester, I know my flying days are limited, but I want to get another plane worthy trip under my ever-growing belt before I am forced to keep my feet on the ground.

Everyone’s pregnancy is different—perhaps long days outside exploring doesn’t work for you, but there are destinations out there that are perfect for you and your growing baby.  Based on my experience, I would definitely recommend spending some vacation time with just yourself and your baby bump before the adventure that is their arrival begins.

A stunning destination paired with people’s kindness made Fort Myers & Sanibel the perfect pregnant traveller destination. 

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