Travel during Pregnancy: Barcelona, Spain

I was on my 10th-week pregnancy when my friend Enirose, invited me to join her to travel in Barcelona for 4 days and 3 nights. It was around January when we are deciding where Norway was so gloomy, gray and depressing (hahaha!). My friend is also pregnant and was in her 28th week. We are both missing the sun and knew that it will be healthy for us and for our babies to have a short break under the sun, so we definitely went!

Those were the days where we did nothing but ate good food, chatted A LOT, enjoyed the scenery and walked, walked and walked. It was my friend who booked our hotel, and it was so convenient that it is just nearby every attractions. We didn’t ride public transportations except from going to Park Guell.

Barcelona, Spain was one of the places on my list to visit. The city is so beautiful and so much full of art, delicious seafood and warm people. But I honestly expected maybe too high in this city, it was beautiful but I won’t go back anytime soon. We went there mid of February, still cold but not as cold as in Norway. Barcelona is a famous city for summer vacation, so maybe that is why I didn’t feel that the place is that lively as expected. Below is just some of the photos we took going around the city.

La Boqueria

Famous indoor public market with meat, produce, cheese & an array of other food in a bustling space.

Barcelona Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain.

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

The charming Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, has narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants. The Museu d’Història de Barcelona shows remains of the Roman city.

Arc de Triomf

Classical archway built as the main entrance to the Universal Exhibition hosted by the city in 1888.

Columbus Monument, Barcelona

City views spread from the top of this ornate 1888 Corinthian column topped with Columbus’ statue.

Park Güell

Mosaic-covered buildings, steps & sculptures in verdant park with Gaudi museum & panoramic views.

Sagrada Família

Gaudí-designed landmark church

Antoni Gaudí’s renowned unfinished church, started in the 1880s, with museum and city views.

I went inside and it was well worth it. So much beauty and effort to build this all together. It’s not even done yet.

ADVICE ON TRAVELING WHILE PREGNANT: 

if you don’t have any problems or complications and you’re not suffering from any unpleasant side-effects you can fly from Day 1 until around Week 36 of your pregnancy. The reason some people warn off flying in your first 12 weeks is because of the higher risk of miscarriage and because many women suffer from nausea and sickness. These are considerations that you, and only you, have to factor into your own decision.

It’s important to do research about the countries that have known communicable diseases to protect yourself and the baby. Other than that, here’s my future advice for myself and for other mamma’s that wants to travel while pregnant.

LISTEN TO YOURSELF

Take it easy, always. Traveling and going around can be tiresome, and as a pregnant woman we get easily tired and irritated more than usual. So don’t complicate things and always choose convenience.

PACK LIGHT

You’d be amazed how even in your first trimester, carrying too much can quickly knacker a pregnant woman out. It must have something to do with your heart pumping an extra 50% blood around your body, so don’t expect to be able to haul your carry-on case, plus laptop bag, plus camera, plus handbag around an airport as quickly as you usually do. You’ll only end up breathless, dizzy and sweating profusely.

STAY HYDRATED AND FED

Number one reason why I would feel tired and sick is when I got super hungry. As a pregnant woman, you would notice yourself always hungry but couldn’t eat a lot in one sitting. It’s important not to let your blood sugar down, it’s the worse feeling I had when I don’t respond to my hunger. Take snacks and water with you wherever you go. Always.

DON’T READ PREGNANCY BOOKS ON HOLIDAY

It was a mistake that I did bring my pregnancy book while I traveled. I didn’t really opened it and read until I was flying back home. I suggest to not bring any pregnancy book, have a break from it and just enjoy your travel.

INDULGE AND ENJOY YOUR OWN COMPANY

Travel is one thing I really love to do, and for a long time after having a baby, travel may seem a little bit at bay. I definitely won’t stop traveling when I already have my baby but it is going to be way different. So enjoy your own company while you can!

Do you also have tips for traveling while pregnant? What trips have you been on while pregnant?

2 Comments

  1. Andrea May 8, 2018 at 1:48 am

    What foods did you avoid, and what did you find OK to eat? Thanks!

    1. Grace May 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Andrea! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 When I was in Barcelona, as tempting as it can be, I avoided the smoked ham they popularly have. Looks good on baguettes but I tried to hold myself as it is not cooked well. Same thing with coffee, other than that it is super easy to eat healthy there, fruits are all over and it’s not hard to find meals with veggies 😀

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