We all get excited when traveling as it’s a great opportunity to change the environment and experience the different sights and sounds. Whether you’re traveling to a beach vacation, a wilderness experience or a famous tourist destination, you need to take extra precautions especially when you’re pregnant. Pregnancy is accompanied by different symptoms but this shouldn’t prevent you vacationing and having fun. Travel is perfectly fine for pregnant women so long as you exercise a few simple and basic tips that will enable you stay safe. Of course, depending on the stage of your pregnancy, it is good to check with your doctor before embarking on a journey. Traveling when pregnant shouldn’t be stressful so long as you know what needs to be done to be comfortable.
The following are key tips that pregnant women should observe when traveling for a holiday.
Proper Timing of the Trip
Pregnant women are advised to plan their trips well depending on the period of pregnancy. The second trimester is often preferred by many as it is associated with lesser symptoms compared to the first and third trimester. Nausea and morning sickness are common symptoms for women in their first trimester while in the third trimester, women usually feel heavy and may easily get tired and uncomfortable especially when subjected to long journeys.
Pick Destination With Care
Pregnant women planning a vacation have an extra task of choosing a destination that will not compromise their pregnancy in any way. A good vacation spot for instance should have safe drinking water, low risk of diseases transmitted through food, clean and fresh air and gentle topography. You can consult a doctor for advice on the best places to consider for a vacation. Avoid taking trips to countries that require you to be vaccinated before being allowed entry.
Have Healthy Snacks and Drinks
Whether traveling by car, train or plane, carrying healthy drinks and snacks is recommended. During expectancy, women tend to be extremely hungry and dehydrated so it’s important to have food and drinks on standby. Chances of using a restroom are high and if traveling by plane, it would be good to take aisle seat that is easily accessible to the restrooms. When traveling by car, it’s wise to have an idea of the route and whether there are any rest areas.
Don’t Carry Too Much Luggage
Pregnant women don’t have the energy to carry around too much luggage. In this case, pack as few things as possible to avoid the stress and hassle of having to pull around heavy suitcases. At this time, that last thing an expectant woman needs is to carry unnecessary items that will only make luggage heavier. In addition, make sure to try out
everything you intend to use while on holiday, you don't want to carry clothes that suddenly won’t fit.
Move Often and Sleep Well
When you’e expectant, there is a higher chance of developing blood clots especially when you sit for a long period of time. Stretching and moving around helps an expectant woman to move around which is good for the body. Additionally, you have to carefully choose where to sleep as bad sleeping positions can adversely affect your pregnancy. When booking, pregnant women should specify their conditions as some hotels can make special sleeping provisions to ensure maximum comfort.
Get Travel Insurance and Have an Updated Medical Portfolio
When traveling, it’s recommended to have a travel medical insurance that covers pregnancy and childbirth. It's important to have an updated travel medical portfolio which entails an individual’s medical history. This is critical as it guides emergency responders should any complications arise while an expectant woman is on holiday. With accurate and updated information, medics will know the medical history including any allergies.
Carefully Select Holiday Activities
Not all outdoor activities are suitable for expectant women because of the risks involved for the mother and the baby. Avoid activities such as skiing, wind surfing, scuba diving and snowboarding among others. Amusement park rides and water slides are not recommended because of the fast spinning and sudden stops. Saunas and hot tubs are also not good for the baby because of the extreme heat. Additionally, regular short breaks should be taken in between activities as carrying the extra weight make the body to tire quickly.
With the above measures and tips, you can comfortably travel on vacation and stay safe while you are pregnant. However, if you have any special conditions, be sure to first consult with your doctor before traveling for a holiday.