Becoming a mother is a surreal feeling in itself, however, we must not forget that the process can be rather stressful. Making some time for a relaxing break before your baby’s arrival is essential.
Travelling during pregnancy? While some may want to avoid the idea itself because of the complexities, others believe it doesn’t have to be that stressful, provided you take all the measures and prep up well for it.
And, those of you who are planning to travel during pregnancy, here are 5 tips that are surely going to make it easier. Read on to learn more.
This post is part of our family travel advice series
Timing is of the utmost importance
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the best time to travel for pregnant women is during the second trimester, i.e. 14 and 28 weeks considering that medical emergencies usually happen during the first and third trimesters.
FYI: The second trimester is considered to be the Goldilocks period of pregnancy when morning sickness has likely subsided but you can still move around unlike in the third one.
Occasional travel is generally considered safe for women who are at low risk of medical emergencies, as per ACOG. However, airlines have their own documentation and formalities that must be checked prior to booking flights. Also, do read their policies for pregnant travellers.
Make sure you check out our ultimate guide to flying while pregnant. This includes detailed guidance by the airline on the latest you can fly and what you may need from your doctor before you fly
Ask your doctor for any recommendations
It is always good to visit your obstetrician prior to travelling and let her/him know of your travel plans well in advance.
This way he/she might be able to provide you with better insights and give suggestions with reference to your travel destination.
Also, now is the time to request a referral or ask for the contact details of a specialist at your travel location in case a medical emergency arises.
Remain hydrated and indulge in healthy snacking
It is always advisable to carry provisions while travelling when pregnant. That being said, be sure of carrying a box of your favourite healthy snacks on the plane and grab them whenever you desire.
Keeping them handy will eliminate chances of nausea and will also keep your blood sugar level relatively stable. NEVER have an empty stomach as it can worsen things.
Moreover, staying hydrated is the key. When on board, low humidity levels can take a toll on your health, leaving you dehydrated. While for others, there aren’t really any side-effects but for pregnant women, getting dehydrated can develop symptoms of nausea, cramping, constipation, and fatigue.
Choose an aisle seat
When on flights, choose a seat strategically.
That being said, make sure to opt for the aisle seat as this will not make your restroom trips easier but also give you enough space to stretch your legs. Such a sweet spot will give you enough freedom to get up and move around as you desire.
Pack light & pack essentials
Are you one of those who has this habit of overpacking?
Well, think twice before you do it during pregnancy. Only pack essentials whether it be your maternity leggings, dresses, or tops. A great option can be loose-fitting tactical polo shirts, they won’t hinder your movement and yet be comfortable to wear.
Another great idea is to pack according to a colour palette so that you are able to easily mix match clothes and repeat them. Pair them in a manner so that they can be re-worn with the same shoes and accessories.
No need to pack extra toiletries as your accommodation, most probably will provide you with that or else you can purchase it from your destination.
READ MORE: See all our top packing tips here!
Check with your healthcare provider regarding the weight you can carry and pack accordingly. Refrain from packing TOO MUCH!
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Sit when you feel like it. Stretch when you wish to. Use a rolling suitcase and DON’T even bother to lift the bag. Such small considerations while travelling go a long way.
In fact, don’t hesitate to ask someone for help if need be.
Follow these tips and you will be assured of a safe and comfortable journey. Happy travelling!
You can find more tips for pregnant travel on our Pregnancy Home Page – And don’t forget to check out all our very best baby travel advice for once your bundle of joy arrives!