Finding the Right Accommodation for Your Next Holiday as an Expectant Mother


You’ve chosen a destination and you have a rough idea of what you want to do while you’re on holiday. The next step? Choosing accommodation.

There’s more to think about when you’ve got a little one on the way — things like stairs suddenly become obstacles, and you may be more sensitive to noise pollution. You might also be keen to indulge in some pampering, or spend some time away from the outside world.

No matter what your plans and preferences are, this guide will help you find the right accommodation for your holiday during pregnancy.

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Avoid staying in a hostel
While hostels can be perfect for those who want to save some money and meet other travellers, when you’re pregnant you’re going to want more privacy. Even if you book a private room, you’ll have to share bathroom or shower facilities, increasing the risk of infection, and facilities tend to be more basic.

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Get a taste of local life in a bungalow, villa or apartment
If you want home comforts and the flexibility to do your own thing, then renting a bungalow, villa, or apartment is ideal. You’ll get a better idea of what local life is like, plus you’ll have more freedom and space than you would if you were staying in a hotel.

On the other hand, you might be a bit further away from the city centre or resort, so make sure your accommodation is in a safe neighbourhood with good transport links. Climbing lots of stairs on a regular basis isn’t recommended during pregnancy — choose a ground-floor apartment or a bungalow to avoid this.

Whether you decide on a bungalow, apartment or villa, check the photos and reviews carefully, and make sure the locks are all secure when you arrive.

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Live the life of luxury in a hotel
If you want everything sorted for you, then a hotel is the way to go. They’re often in very central locations, so you won’t have to go far to explore your destination (or to return to your room for a refreshing afternoon nap, something scientific research shows can be very beneficial).

The best thing about hotels is the variety they offer. Do you want an independent hotel or a chain? Glossy, rustic, or somewhere in between? Your accommodation can be as simple or as luxurious as you like, although chances are you’re going to appreciate a little bit of luxury when you’re pregnant!
What to consider when choosing a hotel:
  • Does it have lifts? You don’t want to climb several flights of stairs every day. Holidaysafe suggest requesting a room on the ground floor if need be (click here for more pregnancy travel tips).
  • What amenities are there? Is there a spa, and does it have treatments designed especially for pregnant women? Keep an eye out for special prenatal packages.
  • How much does it cost per night? Are meals included?
  • How central is it? Will it be too noisy/too quiet?
  • Is wifi available?

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