The Ultimate Travel Tips for Pregnant Women
Travelling is fun but it could get a little complicated if you’re carrying a baby inside of you.
It may seem intimidating at first, but you can’t miss out on that family trip to the Maldives and sacrifice your essential dose of Vitamin Sea!
Fret not, we’ve got you covered. Here are some useful travelling tips that pregnant women can take note of:
When’s the best time to travel during pregnancy?
Should you not have any complications during pregnancy, long travels will not cause any harm to you and your baby. However, the safest time to travel is before 36 weeks, specifically, the second trimester as your baby bump is still small, making it easy for you to move around.
You could risk a miscarriage if you travel during the first trimester or you’re most likely to suffer morning sickness. Meanwhile, you should check with your airline operators and doctor if you’re planning to travel during your third semester. Remember to submit an approved doctor’s medical certificate confirming your pregnancy week and that you’re safe to travel.
Note: When travelling by car, be sure to stop along the way at rest stops and walk around every two hours to avoid the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
It is important that you stay hydrated to avoid feeling nausea, fatigue, cramps, and constipation. Especially when travelling in airplanes, it’s easier to get dehydrated because the cabins typically have low humidity levels. Therefore, have water with you at all times and take small sips every now and then even when you’re not thirsty.
Don’t empty your stomach
Travelling with an empty tummy can make your morning sickness worse. This may contribute to a drop in your sugar level that may lead to fainting. Keep healthy snacks, or ginger candy around to avoid experiencing nausea.
Wear compression socks
While being pregnant is one of women’s happiest time of their life, having swollen feet and headaches are not. Make compression socks your best friend as it helps to keep the blood flowing and reduce discomforts such as restless leg syndrome.
Stop to peeeee!
We know, you can’t hold your pee, and after drinking all that water to keep you hydrated, you’re bound to pee – a lot. Use the restrooms whenever it’s available, ‘cause you don’t want to risk getting UTI.
Wear breathable, wrinkle-resistant fabrics like cotton so that you feel comfortable during your travelling. It’s also best to wear a dress or separates like a skirt or pants with a blouse to make bathroom trips easier. Try to avoid wearing clothes with a lot of fasteners.
Also, wear shoes that are comfortable for you to walk in like sneakers or sandals that have contoured footbed to prevent aches as well as a thick, skid-resistant sole for optimal support.
Pack your favourite pillow
For a more comfortable travelling experience, bring along something that will support your body such as a wedge pregnancy, lumbar pillows, or you can just bring a U-shaped pillow. Use it on your back or neck to help with the aches.