Pregnancy is a complicated stage which gives you a guilt free chance to be in bed as much as you can but you are not comfortable even there. What I mean is that your body remains in a state of discomfort though not in pain. If someone asks you to travel during such phase, you may get irked by the thought. Though, it is not at all restricted to travel during pregnancy but you have to be a little more careful. You have to prioritize your health and comfort while on the go.
On the other hand, it is advisable to plan a holiday or a short travel during pregnancy. May be you consider it as your babymoon, sanity saver or last vestige as a couple, a comfortable and fun trip will definitely work to revive you and take away from the pregnancy challenges that come across. Moreover, once you will have baby, your travel would be associated with baby bags with diapers, bottles, and blankets. Therefore, when you are now alone carrying that bundle of joy within you, why not plan an easy, comfortable and safe trip to enjoy the time and cherish the moments forever.
Here get some important travel tips during pregnancy to make your travel a memorable and safe one:
When to travel:
Pregnancy lasts for approximately nine months, so choosing which month to travel is a critical decision. Generally, during the first trimester, all women go through nausea, vomiting and other sickness. Moreover, doctors also advice you to be a little cautious during this trimester. So, it would be better if you plan your travel during 14-28 weeks of your pregnancy when you will overcome sickness and still not feel the pregnancy fatigue of later weeks. Try not to travel during 36-38 weeks as you may face some health issues. Even some airlines do not allow you to travel during this time so better make yourself clear of the flyer’s policies first before making any bookings.
Plan the travel spot:
It is always enticing to be at a far off destination when you are on holidays. However, don’t forget that this time you are little bit restricted. Picking domestic locales would ease your comfort because you will have some idea of that place and thus be less ambiguous about the food, drinking water and medical care.
Consult your midwife or doctor:
Consulting and discussing your travel plan with your doctor is extremely essential especially in cases of high risk pregnancies or when you are expecting twins. Your midwife can suggest you the best time and precautions, you need to take while on the go. If you often face nausea and queasiness, then ask your doctor to prescribe some anti-nausea medicine to have on hand.
Also ask for a note from your practitioner mentioning your due date and health conditions. This will in fact be needed for the clearance to fly.
What to carry:
Now the big question comes. Your travel can be fruitful only when you carry all the needed things with you to use on time. Here is the list:
- A copy of prenatal records: In whatever way you plan your itinerary, you must carry a copy of prenatal records and medical notes to be used in emergency cases. Also, carry a proof of your health insurance as treatment in a different place can dig a hole in your pocket.
- Carry water: no matter where you itinerary takes you, make sure that you carry water or other health drinks along with you. Staying hydrated is essential to ensure renewal of amniotic fluid and production of breast milk. The cold climate of your destination of hotel’s AC rooms may not generate any need for water but you have to remember drinking 8-12 glasses of water every day.
- Healthy snacks: though, every place will provide you with wholesome food and different varieties you want. However, packing some protein-packed healthy snacks in your itty-bitty is always advisable. You never know about the unexpected situations which should not let you and your baby suffer.
- Food you eat: be careful of the food and water you eat and drink. Always pick vegetables with thin skin and wash them with potable water. If non-vegetarian, make sure that the food is properly cooked.
- Comfortable clothes: some destinations may make you feel warm while others shiver you at once. So, pack a few items to avoid weather’s ups and downs affecting your pregnancy stage. Carry comfortable clothes like cotton, suits, leggings, jeggings, tunic or loose shirts with all arrangements of cold weather like shawl, blanket or comfy socks, if it is there. Say steer clear to strappy sandals and pick the soft flats or flip flops.
You never want to be sick while travelling especially when you are pregnant. Thus, adopt some safety measures to keep yourself safe from any injuries, infections or discomfort.
- Always wear your seat belts whether you are in a plane or a car.
- Wash your hands often as your immune system is quite susceptible to different diseases during pregnancy.
- You must get your flu vaccine before you travel.
- Keep yourself away from the activities that can hurt or injure you. Say a big no to high risk activities like scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving or any other activity which can hurt you and your baby. However, rejuvenate yourself with brisk walks, swimming and relaxing yoga on that place.
How to travel?
Apart from the above suggested safety measures, other precautions and tips depend on what conveyance you are taking for travelling.
Travel by Car:
- It’s not always necessary that you go for holiday through airplanes only. At times, you need to visit your relatives and friends living in nearby town or cities for some wedding or other issues. These travels are often made by car involving 4-5 hours of journey.
- Long journeys on road often require you to sit in a position for long hours which can make you feel tired and dizzy. So, try to take small breaks in between and you can opt for a small walk during the breaks. Drink water and other natural juices regularly and eat energy giving foods like nuts, fruits etc.
- Make sure that your car’s air conditioner is working properly as you may feel overheated during journey.
- To avoid any jerk or accident, always wear your seat belt and lap strap but below your baby bump. And finally the most important thing, never plan your trip alone, always accompany a partner.
Sailing on Cruise:
Cruise Journey is the perfect getaway before a baby as there is lot of space to roam around; gyms to exercise and of course no travel stress. However, some ferry companies refuse to carry pregnant women especially who are in their last weeks. So, firstly make sure that you are eligible to be on board and then make any bookings for the same. Once you are on board, you must be cautious for certain things.
At times, seasickness bothers you by triggering your nausea. So, carry anti-nausea medicines and seasickness bands. Try to avoid illness and water borne conditions through food or contaminated water. Also, carry hand sanitizer with you always. Ensure that there is medical staff on the cruise that can help you in emergencies.
Travel by Air:
It’s perfectly safe to make an air travel during pregnancy. However, some airlines do not allow you to be on board in your last weeks due to your likelihood of going into labor. Therefore, it is essential to check the norms of airlines before you fly. Some airlines even demand for medical clearance if your delivery is due within 3-4 weeks or if you have any complications.
The only and very serious risk associated with travelling by air is that you may suffer from thrombosis or blood clots leading to swelling. This occurs due to long hours sitting which restricts your movement and slow down your blood flow. However, if you carry correctly fitted stockings and use them while travel, you can get some relief. They will prevent blood from pooling in the legs.
Once you are in your flight, to ensure your journey to be healthy and comfortable, you must:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Choose a passageway adjacent seat so that you can have an easy access to the bathroom and can do some calf exercise. Moreover, you can stand up and walk for a while without bothering anybody else.
- Dress yourself in comfortable and loose clothes to be comfortable throughout your journey.
- Always use seatbelt and adjust it below your bump.
- Ask for any help from the flight attendants or your family members if you feel bad. Do not hesitate. Get extra pillows if you want to be in comfortable position.
- Do not take gas producing foods and carbonated beverages as the cabin pressure can increase your discomfort during gas or bloating conditions.
- Keep on elevating your feet by resting them on a luggage or something.
Keeping these few suggestions and precautions in your mind, you can definitely make out a wonderful journey. Some women may feel embarrassed when people address their bump more than their face and give them attention. However, I would say that just ignore them and enjoy your holidays as this baby-free time would never come back.
In fact take it in positive way when people make you a centre of attraction by taking extra care. Enjoy the pampering by accepting seats and opened doors. May be someday you will be repaying this favor and care to other pregnant woman who would be cherishing her pregnancy through a holiday.