The all important Baby-moon and travelling whilst pregnant…

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying reading my blog. I’m really enjoying writing it and I know a few of you have asked if I will continue with it after the baby is born – I’m pleased to let you all know I will.

September is a busy month for me, not only with work but it’s also my first wedding anniversary. I can’t believe how quickly a year has flown by!

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This week I’ve been staying at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados. Alex and I have been enjoying a ‘Baby-moon’ (a last minute holiday before the baby arrives), and I am writing a travel review too which will be in a national newspaper towards the end of the year. On Sunday I fly to Spain until the end of the month to film a few episodes of A Place in the Sun.

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A lot of people were shocked when I said I would be flying to the Caribbean because I’m now well into the third trimester of pregnancy. Personally I think it is a thoroughly relaxing thing to do, however I must admit with the 5 hour time difference, it did take me a little longer to adjust than usual when we first arrived.

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If any of you are thinking of going abroad during your pregnancy it’s worth knowing that after you are 28 weeks pregnant you will need a letter from your doctor or midwife to fly. Every airline has different rules but you can actually fly with British Airways until you are 36 weeks pregnant. After 32 weeks you need to fill in their questionnaire. I will be flying when I’m 34 weeks pregnant (which is when I finish filming A Place in the Sun this year) and my midwife actually said that if the baby is born in Spain it’s not a bad thing, since the healthcare system is so good there! Hopefully I don’t go in to labour 6 weeks early…

Lots of pregnancy books I have read stress the importance of having a ‘Baby-moon’. Obviously it’s not advised to go anywhere where you would need to have any vaccinations or take malaria tablets, and a lot of books also say being heavily pregnant might be tougher in hotter climates. I’ve particularly struggled in the evenings when eating out at restaurants with no air conditioning, but during the day I don’t think I have been hotter than anyone else. One product I found really useful was Eau Thermale Avene. It’s a refreshing cooling spray for your face and neck and I’m sure it will also be useful for when I’m in labour.

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 When it comes to eating out (whether you are at home or abroad), I would advise on eating earlier rather than later. Whilst abroad in Barbados, I’ve suffered with really bad indigestion (a burning pain at the top of my uterus) and heartburn. This could be down to the baby’s position creating reflux, so its worth trying avoid spicy or fatty foods and having a glass of milk helps!

I’m not the only one who has been enjoying a ‘Baby-moon’ in Barbados. Two other pregnant women have been staying at the hotel and it’s been lovely chatting to another first-time mum-to-be, Julia who is 6 weeks behind me!

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When I return home in a couple of days, I only have two days in the UK before I go away again. I’m really excited that when I’m back for that short time, all the nursery furniture will be delivered from Mothercare and the nursery will be ready for the new arrival!

There is still a lot to buy but I’ll have October to sort out prams, sterilisers, breast pumps, floor chairs, nipple shields, dribble bibs, muslins and so on…

The next time I blog I will be filming in Spain and reporting a bit on property out there.

I hope you have a great week! Lots of love,

Laura xx

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