When you are an expectant mother, everything will be a little more difficult. You will need to plan for trips so that you can enjoy yourself more. Several things can make your trip more enjoyable. This post about travel tips for expectant mothers is brought to you by our friends at RUPreggers.com.
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1. Try Not to Stress
Traveling brings out the stress in everyone. There is the stress of trying to remember everything you need, and the keeping the family corralled. When making the itinerary, you will want to make sure you add in time cushions for bathroom breaks, traffic, and getting lost. The more time you give yourself, the less likely you will be stressed about the trip. You will also want to plan to perform prenatal yoga in the morning and carry out breathing exercises as you get stressed.
2. Stay Active
When you travel, blood clots in the legs are very common. This is more so when you are pregnant. Plan for extra bathroom trips and take the time to get up and walk whenever possible. Road trips are easier to stop and get out to stretch. Airlines are cooperative with pregnant mothers who need to be able to walk the aisles occasionally.
3. Take Extra Snacks
Snacks are an important part of a pregnant woman’s diet. When you are traveling, you will want to make sure you have snacks packed so you can eat when you are hungry. It is best to pack some healthy choice items, such as carrot sticks or celery with peanut butter. Protein, fruits, and vegetables are all good choices when it comes to snacks.
4. Drink Water
Dehydration is a common problem for pregnant women, and dehydration leads to contractions. Regardless of the time of year, you should always pack water to drink throughout the trip. You will also want to consider this when you plan bathroom breaks.
5. Dress Comfortably
You will want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible on the trip. This means wearing yoga pants or maxi dresses that offer non-restrictive properties. You will also want to wear comfortable shoes that have insoles if possible. Maternity leggings are always a great item to have on hand as well to help reduce any pregnancy related swelling and discomfort that may arise. You may also go from hot to cold, so bring jackets just in case.
6. Bring Emergency Pack
Your emergency pack should have your medical records, insurance card, and doctor’s recommendations. You will also want to bring any medications and vitamins that you need. Finally, you should look at including hand sanitizer, lotion, and charging cables for your electronics in your pack.
7. Keep it Simple
When you are expecting, it is okay to have a simple suitcase. Wear simple clothing that is comfortable and lightweight. You want to relax on your trip so watch the weather and pack accordingly. In addition to wanting to stay comfortable, the lighter suitcase will be easier for you to transport to your room.
With these steps, you will find that traveling while pregnant will not be as difficult as it could be. You always want to keep your comfort in mind and plan for the unexpected. Traveling will be limited after the 32 week of pregnancy, so make sure you talk to your physician before leaving. They will inform you on whether it is safe for you to travel or not.