Avoiding Pregnancy Tummy Discomforts while Traveling

Pregnancy can be downright uncomfortable. Things like gas, heartburn, and bloating can rise to record levels when you’re pregnant. Unfortunately, when you’re traveling, the schedule and availability of food is likely to increase these discomforts. This means you need to do some specific things in order to avoid these kinds of discomforts while traveling when you’re pregnant.

Here are some of the basic things you can do to avoid pregnancy discomforts while traveling:

  • Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight. Don’t pack clothing that hugs your waist or your abdomen. Instead, opt for loose clothing that’s comfortable.
  • Spread out your meals. Rather than eating three large meals each day, try to have several smaller meals over the course of the day.
  • When you do eat, take your time. Even though you’re traveling and may be anxious to go on to the next activity, your belly will thank you later. Chew your food thoroughly, and give it time to digest.
  • Don’t eat right before bed. Make sure that your last meal should be at least two or three hours before you lie down. Consider sleeping with your body propped up on some pillows in order to minimize reflux.
  • Limit the amounts of fluid that you take in during a meal. This will help you from becoming too full.
  • Make sure that you’re taking in enough fluids, however. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of nausea and other tummy discomforts, so you’ll want to make sure that you stay hydrated.
  • Avoid foods that will cause tummy troubles. This includes things such as carbonated beverages, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, and more. Stay away from foods that are spicy, and stay away from foods that are high in saturated fats.
  • Talk with your doctor about antacids, before you travel. There are some medications that you may be able to use during pregnancy without any concern for safety. Others, however, may pose certain risks. Know what your options are before you leave for your trip.

Taking just a few simple precautions can save you plenty of anxiety and discomfort when you’re traveling during pregnancy.

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