When you are pregnant, there is a good chance that you have a lot of questions about what you can and cannot do. Of course, you will want to refrain from consuming alcohol and tobacco related products, but you also want to stay away from a number of other lifestyle activities, because they may cause complications. Not only will they cause complications with your unborn baby – they may also make you feel sick and uncomfortable. When you are pregnant, the key is to make yourself as comfortable as possible. This is especially the case when you are traveling. At some points during your pregnancy, you may not want to travel at all. Here are five helpful tips for traveling while you are pregnant.
- Try to stay away from far-off destinations – if you travel too far, you may be entering an area where you are too removed from your doctors. What happens when you have to reach your doctor, but can’t get a good connection? What if you are having complications, but can’t find a decent hospital. If you are feeling the travel bug, be sure to stay domestic. For this reason, you may not want to get a hotel in Sydney–instead you may want to get a hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
- Try to travel in your second trimester – your first trimester is tricky because it is when you are feeling the most nausea. With all the planes, trains and automobiles you will have to go on, you will wind up feeling more than a little sick. You may also want to speak with a doctor to time your travel accordingly. If you have to travel for work, you may want to send a proxy or alternate so that you don’t affect your health.
- Try to take your medical history with you – if you are having trouble, you don’t want to go through the trouble of having to reach your doctor and then finding an internet connection to look up your records. Ideally, you want to have the hard copies on you at all times. This is especially important in the instance of an emergency. What happens if you don’t have a lot of time? What happens when your condition needs immediate attention? You don’t want to be caught without those records.
- Try to travel by car versus plane – sometimes the altitude can have a negative affect on you and your baby. This goes back to traveling domestically and not internationally, because you want to be able to get to your destination by taking your car rides a few hours at a time. Of course, you don’t want to be in the car for more than ten hours, because that could have complications too.
- Try to stay hydrated and well fed – remember, you are traveling for two, so you want to be sure that you are always drinking enough water. Not only that, but you also want to keep snacks on you at all times. Any time that you are feeling hungry, you want to be able to eat. In the end, this will make your traveling experience a lot more enjoyable.