While it may be absolutely safe to travel throughout most of your pregnancy, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be comfortable! To help you to have the best experience possible, and give birth to a true mini traveler, take a look at OROGOLD’s top tips for traveling while pregnant.
Pack Sensible Clothes
Packing comfortable clothes is even more important if you are pregnant. Comfortable flats are a must, and so are blister pads, because even the softest shoes can cause irritation if your feet swell up. If you are going to be away for a few weeks, be sure to pack clothes that will be able to accommodate your growing bump, and don’t forget about a maternity swimsuit.
Make Flexible Plans
While pregnant, and even otherwise, it is important to always pay attention and listen to what your body is telling you. Don’t make a schedule that is too tight and packed with confirmed activities, as you need to have the flexibility to be able to rest or take it easy when your body, and baby, need you to do so.
Check-In Online As Soon As Possible
If you are going to be flying, it is important to check-in for your flight online as soon as this becomes available, usually 48 hours before the departure time. This means that you will have more seat choice, and can choose a seat with extra legroom. OROGOLD also advises that you choose an aisle seat, as you are likely to be needing quite a few trips to the bathroom!
Pack Healthy Snacks
No matter how you may be traveling, whether by plane, train or car, it is important to make sure that you always have nutritious snacks that are high in protein. Granola bars, trail mixes and fruit are all great items to bring along, and will also give you some much-needed fiber that is vital during a pregnancy. Since pregnant women can be more affected by the symptoms that come along with food poisoning, you need to be careful about what you eat while you are away as well. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables that have a thick skin, washing them well. If the drinking water is not safe where you are, be sure to always choose bottled water, and avoid any beverages that contain ice.
While traveling while pregnant may require a note from your doctor and plenty of extra research on your destination, OROGOLD reminds you to always keep in mind that your trip will definitely be worth it. If it is just you and a loved one, it will be your last chance for a while to enjoy a child-free vacation, and, if you already have children, it will be the last trip you take before your family expands even more. No matter how difficult parts of it may be, take the time to reflect on your trip and the journey that you are on.