When pregnant, travelling could be the best thing for you. With so much potential to relax and unwind whilst seeing the world at the same time, there’s no reason not to venture out and do it. With that being said, there’s always a chance it could be overwhelming or stressful for a multitude of reasons – and, when with a baby bump in tow, you could feel the effects more strenuously than your peers.
If you’re looking to travel but without the stress of it all, the following five tips will ensure it’s a time for relaxation and tranquillity.
Ensure you’re prepared for the flight.
Although you may think it’s the travelling itself that poses the biggest issue when it comes to being pregnant, the flight is a huge obstacle to overcome regardless of which trimester you’re currently in. It could be uncomfortable – especially when flying long-haul – with the symptoms of pregnancy making it even more difficult.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and stay hydrated, whilst also letting staff know you’re pregnant to ensure they’re looking out for you as best they can. If you can, take some travel sickness tablets to eliminate potential nausea you could be dealt with, regardless of how far into the pregnancy you are.
Another helpful tip is that you should be getting up and moving around the cabin when it’s safe in order to improve your circulation. You can also buy specialist socks that aid with circulation as well as reducing the potential for any swelling due to pressure up in the air.
Stay out of the heat.
If you’ve chosen to travel to a destination where the heat could be particularly challenging, make sure you’re prepared to deal with it. Stay out of direct sunlight, especially during the hottest periods of the day, and try to find cool spots wherever you are so that you prevent becoming uncomfortable or even ill as a result of the heat.
Choosing to travel when you’re pregnant means your destination needs to be carefully considered, and so ensure you’re heading somewhere where the heat won’t prove to be an extremity. You’re bound to have to venture outside in the peak of the day, and depending on how far gone you are, you may not be prepared to cope with it.
To eliminate the potential for stress once your travels have begun, make sure you’re planning ahead. Whether it be days out, accommodation, transport or anything else, be sure to sort it all far in advance – or get someone else to do it for you. There’s no better feeling than touching down abroad and knowing you have nothing to worry about, as it’s all already sorted.
Consider preparing a travel itinerary so that you have all your plans and necessary information laid out. It always helps the trip flow easier when you’ve got everything sorted before you even board the flight
Keep yourself hydrated.
Make sure you’re drinking a lot of water during your trip. It’s very easy to become dehydrated when pregnant, and combine that with the potential of hot weather and a lot of exertion, and you could find yourself thirstier than usual. Water should be your drink of choice – avoid carbonated drinks or alcohol, as they’ll only make the problem worse.
Bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go, whether it be the pool or on a day trip, and finish it at least by the end of the day, if not sooner. Make sure you check whether the tap water is safe to drink from, too – if not, invest in plenty of bottled water.
Spread your plans out – don’t overload yourself!
Don’t try and embark on a day packed to the brim with activities and adventures. Even if you’re only a few weeks pregnant, too much exertion and exercise will soon take its toll – you won’t be prepared for any hikes, long walks or draining days out.
Make sure you consider your own needs, as this trip should be about relaxation and chilling out over any thrills. If you’re travelling with a group of people, make sure they know you won’t be able to partake in any strenuous plans – otherwise, take the opportunity to stay behind and relax on your own.
Do you have any more tips for pregnant travellers to help them relax on their trip?
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