How to travel healthy while pregnant
Many expectant mothers are hesitant to travel, as their growing tummy gives them various physical changes, making them uneasy to go on a trip. Although The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists mentioned that the best time to travel will be between week 14-28 (second trimester), anytime is a good time for pregnant women to travel so long as their pregnancy is not considered risky.
But, moms-to-be also need extra care and preparation to ensure they are always relax, healthy, and comfortable throughout their trip. In this post, we will highlight the most effective ways to travel healthy while pregnant.
Be prepared with your morning sickness
Although morning sickness commonly attacks those expectant mothers on their first trimester, some pregnant moms have to handle it all throughout their nine months. But, morning sickness should not hinder you from enjoying a good babymoon vacation you’ve been planning for months. As this resource on travelling while pregnant mentioned: “Feeling nauseous can make you feel glum, but there are remedies for that bilious tum!”
Here are some of the suggested ways to combat morning sickness whether you’re travelling by air, car or sea:
1. Keep hydrated and avoid rich foods
2. Stay active and get distracted
3. Avoid noxious odors
4. Bring natural anti-nausea aids and medical treatments
5. Stay comfortable
Enjoy clean and safe food
Travelling to another country always involve appreciating the authentic food at the said destination. However, since you are pregnant, you need to be extra careful of your diet. Some countries have street food that is not properly prepared, so we suggest dining at restaurants to ensure it’s clean and safe. It’s best to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, which should give you vitamins and minerals and avoid constipation. If you’re unsure about the water safety in the area, then it’s best to avoid raw vegetables and fruits that you can’t peel yourself.
Some pregnant women still have food aversions, so if you feel you can only eat certain food, it’s best to pack plenty of healthy snacks to avoid feeling ill and hungry. Include dried fruit, nuts and raw cereal bars in your hand luggage.
List all the important contacts
Since you are travelling to another location, it’s best to have all the necessary contact numbers with you at all times. Get the number of the nearest hospital near your hotel and check the facilities just in case you will be admitted during your stay.
If you will be covered by a travel insurance (and you so should try to stay safe on the road), discuss with your provider the situation before leaving and how you can make a claim. Include as well contact number of your hotel, ambulance, doctors, embassy, etc. All of these will be important in your trip in case any emergency happens while you are on a trip.
Other tips that might help:
1. Choose the destination and the time of the year you’ll travel to have a comfortable vacation.
2. Always bring copies of your prenatal records.
3. Always stay hydrated and eat healthy snacks to avoid getting ill.
4. If the seat belt sign allows, get up and move around the plane to keep the blood flowing. Request if you can elevate your feet to sit comfortably.
5. Get appropriate approval from your OB or physician that you are safe to travel. Some doctors may recommend having vaccinations for extra protection.
Pregnancy is not at all easy when travelling, but it shouldn’t hinder your plans of having a good time to relax. The above mentioned tips will guarantee that your babymoon plan still goes as planned without having much complications with your growing tummy. If you have more tips to share, feel free to leave a comment below.
PS: I am not expecting a baby but some of my readers are asking me about traveling while pregnant so I hope this helps a bit.