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Prepare your trip by finding out about the diseases you can catch at your destination. Food poisoning is one of the most common, affecting a considerable number of travellers, especially gastro-enteritis, aka "la tourista". Prevention is of the utmost importance for truly relaxing holidaysFruit juice, local drinks, typical dishes: there are myriad temptations while away on holiday. Yet, the risk of food poisoning is real in many parts of the world.To avoid health issues, you need to take a few precautions, especially concerning hygiene. Washing your hands is a good start, but food hygiene is just as important. Food must be cleaned before consumption, prefer drinks in recipients that are closed and avoid high-risk foods such as milk, mayonnaise, raw meat and meat that was cooked a while ago, seafood and shellfish etc. These are all foods which can easily carry bacteria and hence the risk of food poisoning.NB: be careful of ice cubes in cocktails!

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How pregnant are you? During the first term, pregnant women often feel tired, which can make life, and travel, complicated. During the second term, most women no longer suffer from morning sickness or other pains and it is often the ideal time to travel. In the third term, it's the home run and there is a risk of premature birth, many precautions should be taken.

NB: As from the 7th month (28 weeks), airlines may refuse to take responsibility for letting you board the aircraft.

Destinations with high risk of fatigue (high altitudes, very hot climate, medical isolation, difficult transport) are to be ruled out. Luckily there are plenty of other destinations left!

An important point to be checked: vaccinations. Some destinations require visitors to be vaccinated, however the vaccine may not be authorised for pregnant women. As for any trip, you must consult your doctor.

What to do before the trip

  • Consult your midwife or obstetrician before travelling. They can give advice bearing in mind the state of pregnancy and the destination
  • Ask for a medical certificate to supply to the airline if necessary
  • Keep your doctor's telephone number on you so you can call if you have any questions.

Tips during the trip:

  • Remember to drink bottled water regularly, get up and walk during long trips (in flight etc.)
  • Do not carry any heavy luggage.
  • Only take part in gentle activities, avoid extreme sports, which are risky.
  • Consult a doctor on site if necessary. Remember to call the helpdesk of your travel insurance if you are insured.
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