7 Travel Tips For The Mommy-To-Be!
Pregnancy comes with a mixed bag of emotions for an expecting mother; from joy and anxiety, to excitement and uncertainty. This is also the time when a mommy-to-be would want to indulge in a fun babymoon before her little bundle of joy makes a grand entry.
If you also have plans for a romantic getaway or a mini-vacation with your dear ones, then these 7 tips will ensure you have a relaxed holiday.
#1 Timing Is The Key
The second trimester is the best time to make a trip. Why? Because during this period, you are likely to be done with morning sickness that bogs you down all day during the first trimester.
From the third trimester onwards, you are likely to be uncomfortably heavy and fatigued. Additionally, your family might also advise you against travelling too far in the final months. So make the most of the second trimester with a short-getaway.
Remember: As a thumb rule, always consult your gynecologist before planning a trip in any stage of your pregnancy. Women with higher-risk pregnancies are usually discouraged from travelling. So discuss with your gynecologist about absolutely any apprehensions that you may have.
#2 Destination & Itinerary
During pregnancy, it is advisable to travel to a domestic location rather than an international one. This decision will reduce your concerns about contaminated food, unsafe drinking water and foreign medical care. Pregnant women are usually recommended to avoid travelling to cities with high altitudes, because the low oxygen rate is believed to affect the baby’s growth and development.
Additionally, your holiday itinerary should not include any activity that could be risky for you and your baby’s health. Scuba diving, skiing, skydiving fall in the high risk category, and therefore must be completely avoided.
Remember: Pregnancy should not come in the way of being fit and active. So while you must refrain from activities mentioned above, you can certainly enjoy brisk walks and low-impact swims in the pool during your holiday.
#3 Things To Carry
No matter which destination you decide to travel to, do not forget to carry your medical notes and prenatal reports. In case of an emergency, they will offer a quick background update to the local doctor. This brings us to another important point; during the planning stage of your holiday, make a list of hospital and medical facilities that are located within close proximity of your accommodation. This will help save precious time during an emergency.
Remember: Health insurance is of utmost importance; carry its proof with you at all times. If you happen to incur medical expenses while on a holiday abroad, then make sure to bring back home a copy of all the relevant health care receipts.
#4 When You Choose Air Travel
Airport screening is always a concern for pregnant women. But to say body scanners are dangerous is still a myth. While they do emit radiation, it is believed to be too negligible to cause any harm to the foetus. When in doubt, the safer alternative is to request a pat-down whenever possible.
Also, try support socks (available at medical shops) when you fly. They help to maintain good blood circulation in your legs and relieve swollen veins. When booking flight tickets, opt for a seat on the aisle with lots of leg room, so you can sit comfortably and have easy access to the bathroom.
Remember: Post the screening process; ask a nearby passenger or an airport employee to grab your suitcase off the conveyor belt for you. It is advised to avoid lifting any kind of heavy items during pregnancy, so resist the urge to pull your suitcase yourself. Also, people will only be glad to help a mommy-to-be!
#5 When You Choose A Railway Tour
For short trips, opt for a seat that faces the direction of the travel. For longer journeys, try reserving the lower berth, as that will be more comfortable to get in and out of. Carry your own bottled water, and if you do choose to eat food from the railways, make sure it is piping hot.
Remember: Avoid salads, curd, cottage cheese and other milk based preparations as they have the tendency to stale easily. To be on a safer side, carry your own food.
#6 When You Choose A Road Trip
Travelling by car is always a good option, since it gives you the chance to stop multiple times to take a break, stretch and use the washroom. As far as possible, avoid driving the car yourself and ask the driver to be careful on bumpy roads. Wear the seat belt in a way that the shoulder strap runs across your chest and the lap portion fits snugly below your abdomen. It should never be above or over your belly.
Remember: Motion sickness is quite common during road trips, and when you’re pregnant the chances to feel woozy are even higher. Have a word with your doctor about your road trip well in advance, and go on your trip armed with pregnancy-friendly nausea medications.
#7 Stretch. Hydrate. Repeat
Irrespective of which mode of travel you choose, you need to take frequent breaks from sitting. During your trip, it is highly advisable to stretch your legs in your seat every half hour to avoid swollen feet. Wear loose, comfortable shoes that will offer enough space to accommodate any kind of swelling. Drink plenty of water, especially when on a flight, to keep dehydration at bay.
Remember: This is probably the most important point; prioritize your comfort and health while on the go. Also, make sure to worry less and thoroughly enjoy each moment of your holiday. Happy travelling!