16 weeks and 1 day pregnant
At this stage of development, your baby’s lips and mouth are well formed, and she can open and close her mouth and swallow. Inside her mouth, her taste buds are now mature, but she cannot taste anything yet because nerve connections are immature.
As this is considered a safe stage of pregnancy, with no, or few, symptoms to contend with, it’s a great time to go on holiday.
At this time, you’re likely to be over the sickness and fatigue of the first trimester and not over-burdened by, or uncomfortable from, a large bump yet. You can also rest easy knowing that your baby is developing well, with very little chance of a miscarriage occurring. Going on holiday is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your partner and pamper yourselves.
Do relax and enjoy yourself, but be aware of the extra health precautions you need to take during pregnancy. If you’ve had any complications, check with your midwife or doctor that it is safe to go on holiday.
If you go on holiday while you’re pregnant, there are a few additional factors to consider, not least the fact that you might not have as much energy as you had before:
Give yourself plenty of time when you’re trying to finish all those pre-holiday bits and pieces at home and at work; getting ready for a holiday can be stressful. Pack hand luggage for a flight sensibly so that you won’t have to carry heavy bags with you.
Plan a car journey carefully, bearing in mind that you may need more toilet stops or snack breaks than usual.
Be aware that sightseeing will be more tiring than usual, so pace yourself and allow yourself to spend time in a cafe, just watching the world go by.
If you’re abroad, drink bottled water – lots of it, especially if you’re in a hot climate. Avoid having ice in your drinks as this tends to be made using tap water.
Peel fruit or wash fruit and vegetables with bottled water.
If you get diarrhoea, it’s even more important than usual to drink plenty of water to replace the fluid you’ve lost. Don’t take anti-diarrhoea medication but it is safe to take an oral rehydration solution, such as Dioralyte, which contains the correct balance of salts. If your urine is very concentrated and you can’t keep fluid down, see a doctor.
You can enjoy hot climates but you may feel more comfortable sitting in the shade. If you’re exposed to the sun, wear a high-factor suncream because your skin is likely to be more sensitive to the sun while you’re pregnant.