Have questions about travelling while pregnant in Spain? From what you can safely eat in Spain while pregnant to other top travel tips, here's our inside guide.
Travelling While Pregnant in Spain
How to say "I'm pregnant" in Spanish
Estoy embarazada - (essTOY embara- ZAH-da)
And it goes without saying: check with your own doctor or midwife first. Rather than relying on something you read on the internet. But you were savvy enough to know that already, right? Right?!
Top Tips for Travel During Pregnancy
I travelled through Spain, Croatia, Italy and the Middle East while pregnant. Here's what I learned...
PORTABLE SNACKS & DRINKS
STICK TO YOUR GUNS
WHAT TO WEAR WHEN PREGNANT AND TRAVELLING
GO EASY WITH YOUR ITINERARY
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN FLYING IN PREGNANCY
- Ask for an aisle seat when you fly. You'll need to move around more to avoid blood clots, plus you'll likely need more trips to the toilet.
- Invest, if you can call it that, in a pair of sexy anti-DVT stockings for flights.
Happy travels during pregnancy!
Remember, Every Pregnancy is Different
Medical school had gently clued me up on this, but only in a pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes kind of way.
Some sail right on through to six months, without even realising they're pregnant. Others suffer debilitating physical symptoms for every single one of those 37-42 weeks. And it's down to physical reactions, not mental strength.
It's inspiring to read the "you go get 'em" advice from women who have been lucky but you'll notice that every respectable piece of advice has the words "unless there are complications" lurking not too far away.
I would suggest booking last minute travel plans to avoid losing out on a whole load of money - and always be upfront with your travel insurance company too.
WHAT TO EAT WHEN PREGNANT IN SPAIN
You will never go hungry when travelling in Spain, even while pregnant. However, there are a number of traditional Spanish foods that make it onto most pregnancy hit lists.
It's probably not worth heading to a gorgeous Michelin-starred restaurant while pregnant. Menus delight in cured ham, raw eggs and uncooked fish, the unholy trinity of foods to avoid when pregnant.
Check the up to date health guidelines on what to eat during pregnancy from the NHS here.
- Jamon and other uncooked cured ham products like chorizo.
- Soft cheese
- Shark (tiburón), swordfish (pez espada) and marlin (aguja.) These are particular treats in Galicia in the north of Spain.
- Manchego cheese - firm and buttery with small air pockets, this delicious cheese from the La Mancha reason is A-OK.
- Gazpacho and salmorejo - cold, soup based vegetable dishes.
- Fully cooked seafood - gambas, boquerones, paella.
- Churros and chocolate!
FURTHER RESOURCES FOR TRAVEL ADVICE DURING PREGNANCY
Don’t be too scared!
Travel tips for travel during pregnancy from an Amsterdam-based blogger.
But don’t be foolhardy!