Who says you can’t travel when you have a baby bump? Let’s address the common misconception that you can’t do anything but rest when you’re pregnant — expecting moms can travel and have fun too. You can fly, go on a road trip, stay at a hotel, do sightseeing, and embark on a tour, like other travelers.
But unlike the time when you’re not carrying a human being inside of you, there are a couple of changes you need to know.
If you’re looking forward to a lovely vacation during your pregnancy, here are 13 tips to have a safe yet enjoyable trip.
1. Time your travel strategically
The golden rule for pregnant women travel is to time your trip during the second trimester or 14 to 28 weeks. It’s the sweet spot. You may feel too nauseated and tired during long trips during the first trimester. Likewise, your doctor may advise you not to travel during your third trimester to avoid risks of preterm delivery and other complications.
2. Take advantage of the restrooms
If there’s one side effect of being pregnant and staying hydrated during your trip, that would be the urge to pee more often than usual. So if you find a clean, accessible restroom wherever you are, like in a plane, ship, restaurant, museum, or terminal, take advantage of it.
3. Stay hydrated
Dehydration doesn’t always take place after exploring a hot and humid destination or doing vigorous activities that make you sweat out. Plane cabins usually have low humidity levels, making it easier to get dehydrated without noticing it. While the effects are manageable for most travelers, dehydration might mean fatigue, nausea, cramping, and constipation for pregnant women.
Do yourself and your baby a favor and always keep a bottle of water with you. Take small sips every few minutes even if you’re not thirsty.
4. Don’t allow yourself to get hungry (or eat junk)
Aside from dehydration, an empty stomach can lead to unpleasant symptoms too. It can make your morning sickness worse and make your blood sugar drop, which may lead to fainting. Wherever you are, make sure you have healthy snacks on hand. If you’re staying in a hotel, take advantage of free hotel breakfasts to kickstart your day. Staying in a hotel room with a kitchenette where you can cook your own meals would also be ideal.
5. Move often
Pregnant women are more likely to have blood clots from sitting for long periods. It would be better if you find the time to stretch and move around as often as possible. If you’re anticipating a long drive, use stops and walk around.
6. Choose an aisle seat
Need to go to the restroom? Or stand up and stretch your legs? Or exit the plane or bus easier? Whatever that is, an aisle seat is ideal. It gives you a little more freedom to get up and move around if you need to.
7. Choose accommodation properties that are ideal for pregnant guests
What makes a hotel pregnant-friendly, you may ask? One of the very first things to ask is whether or not they have an elevator. It’s a no-brainer — taking the stairs up to the 5th floor is every pregnant woman’s nightmare.
Then, ask about their amenities. Do they have an accessible water dispenser so you won’t have to buy water bottles every single time? How about a pool where you can have low-impact water exercises? Do they have a spa? Can your chosen beachside hotel in Enniscrone give you views of the sea from your balcony so you can inhale the breeze without going down?
No matter how cheap the hotel is, it’s not worth the stay if they don’t have the things that’ll make your life easier and more comfortable.
8. Pack as light as possible
If you’re carrying the weight of two people at the same time, the last thing you want is to carry another heavy suitcase. When it comes to wardrobe, stick to the essentials — simple, comfortable attire (like loose clothes and maternity dresses), compression socks (essential!), and one pair of comfy, versatile footwear.
9. Take breaks…lots of breaks
Bearing a little human inside of you is no easy feat. Aside from the additional weight you’re carrying, you may also experience insomnia. With this, it’s normal to get exhausted more often. Don’t fight it — rest if you must. Accept the fact that you won’t be able to do as much as you could as a pregnant mom, and that’s okay.
Sneak in resting time during your trip and travel slow, if possible. Book layovers so you can get to your next flight without rushing to the airport. Incorporate breaks and naps into your itineraries too.
10. Check with your airline or cruise line
If you need to travel during your last trimester, check with your airline or cruise line. They may have special regulations regarding pregnant passengers.
11. Travel to a pregnant-friendly destination
A hot, humid destination is no place for a preggy with hopped-up metabolism. If you’re visiting a tropical destination, make sure your hotel and transport are air-conditioned. If you’re anticipating a beach vacation, a beachside hotel is also better than a regular hotel that’s a couple of minutes away from the sea Stay hydrated too and keep out of the sun. Consult your doctor too if you’re visiting a place with high altitude.
It’s also recommended to choose relaxing trips over vigorous, fast-paced tours, forcing you to visit 5 destinations a day.
12. Don’t visit a place that requires extra vaccinations
Ask for your doctor’s go-ahead if you’re going somewhere that requires extra vaccinations, which may not be safe for pregnancy. The same goes for areas that are hotbeds for dangerous infections like water contamination, food-borne diseases, and mosquito-borne complications.
13. Have a contingency plan
Even if you’re not having a delicate pregnancy, make sure you plan for unfortunate things that can happen, especially if you’re overseas. Know the emergency medical options en route and at your destination. Bring a copy of your prenatal documents and other medical records too. It’s also ideal to speak with your doctor about warning signs to look out for.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a foodie and travel blogger who hates being locked up at home. Her fondness for travel, food, and cultural appreciation makes it easy for her to write inspiring pieces of content about them. To know more about hotels and travel blogs, you may visit Ocean Sands Hotel.