Unless you’ve had a lucky escape, your first trimester is likely to include morning sickness and fatigue. You’re probably exhausted and while the thought of a holiday is dreamy, airport queues and packing probably isn’t. So, wait until your second trimester when those tricky first few months have eased and your pregnancy glow is in full swing. Location-wise, it’s probably best to fly between April and June or opt for September, when crowd’s have slimmed down and the sun isn’t too hot to handle.
It’s important to note that you can fly right up until 36 weeks, or 32 weeks with twins and triplets. You’ll also need a fit to fly letter from your GP if you’re more than 28 weeks pregnant. If you’re jetting off for a slice of European sunshine, remember your European Health Insurance Card, and check it’s still valid before you fly. Remember to always drink plenty of water whether you’re on the plane or on land and have travel insurance sorted. It’s also handy to bag an aisle seat if possible, so it’s easy to get up and move around when you need to for those inevitable toilet trips.
Get up to speed on the Zika virus, how it affects pregnant women and any considerations you need to take before travelling at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s official website. Remember to talk to your doctor, midwife or obstetrician if you’re planning to travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission.
Put your feet up in Italy
Take time out in Italy’s Lake Garda and you’ll find a stunning, sleepy retreat that lies right in the middle of Milan and Venice. Be charmed by dramatic mountain views, cool down in glistening lakes and be tempted by over 15 chocolate-box towns ripe for exploring. Take gentle strolls around the rolling hillside in Malcesine, or opt for a slower pace and enjoy gelatos on the lakefront in Torbole. If you’re feeling up to it, there’s plenty to do in terms of day trips. Wander through the UNESCO-listed Dolomites, be romanced by the cobbled streets of Verona or shop for baby clothes in Milan - the undisputed fashion capital of the world.
Stay close to home in Greece
Greece is just a short flight away and offers lots of big-name islands for you to take your pick from. Be charmed by sugar-cube towns, quiet tavernas and spotless sands in Crete, or go footprint-free in low-key islands like Mykonos and Skopelos and take advantage of the unspoilt coastlines. If you’re attempting to stay healthy while you’re pregnant, Greek salads offer a much-needed dose of Vitamins A and C, and high levels of potassium and iron. For the ultimate peace and quiet while you’re there, opt for an adults-only deal. TUI SENSIMAR Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort in Kos is based in a hush-hush garden setting. It’s got a dreamy ocean-facing pool, a crêpe station for when you want to indulge, and a spa that dishes out unique treatments such as Queen Bee facials. And, if you want to satisfy those cravings, go All Inclusive and help yourself to what you want, when you want.
Hideaway in a private villa in Cyprus
Cyprus boasts 64 Blue Flag beaches, pine-cloaked mountain ranges and hidden hamlets - all you could ever ask from idyllic island life. And, while that pregnancy glow can make you feel on top of the world, other days you want to hide away from it all. Offering the ultimate in privacy, The Secret Oasis Villas balance on the edge of Coral Bay, where banana and orange trees outnumber houses. Rustle up fresh food on your own barbeque and tuck into tasty meals overlooking the orchard-dressed courtyard. But, while you feel a million miles away from anyone, you’ll find that you’re just a five-minute drive from the restaurants, shops and beaches, should you feel the need to step back into the real world.
Cool down in Iceland
While you’re pregnant, your skin can feel a lot hotter than usual as your body temperature is on the rise. To avoid sweaty palms and prickly heat, head off to Iceland and treat yourself to a breath of fresh air. Upgrade your bubble bath at home to a luxurious soak in the mineral-soaked waters of the Blue Lagoon, take time out with your other half to spot the Northern Lights, or feel alive with a trip to Gullfoss waterfalls.
Hotel Bisesti is located in a central but peaceful location, only a minute's walk from the centre of Garda town and two minutes' walk to the lake.
Flower-lined pathways and pastel buildings provide a village feel for the apartments of the Nine Muses on the beautiful island of Skala.
Hotel Color lives up to its name, with a clever use of colour, lighting and quirky artwork to help you relax during your stay in Lake Garda.
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