When it comes to pregnancy, even something as straightforward as a family vacation can become something of a concern. There are the obvious concerns, of course, such as not traveling in your third trimester or not being too far from home after a certain point in your pregnancy. However, there are some other pregnancy concerns that have more to do with making travel pleasant while pregnant, and making the most of your travel.
Here are some of the best pregnancy travel tips to keep in mind:
- Be ready and willing to make pit stops. When you’re pregnant, you’re going to have to go to the bathroom more frequently. Accept it as fact, and let your family know that it’s just the way it is. Traveling by car during pregnancy means frequent gas station stops.
- Take care of your legs and feet. Those frequent gas station stops are probably, in the long run, a good thing. The fact of the matter is you don’t want to sit for too long in a car. You don’t want to create blood pressure risks, and that’s exactly what happens when you sit in a car for an extended period of time.
- Control stress. Make sure you do what you can in the planning phase of your travel to get all of the details you can under control. Figure out what kinds of special accommodations or arrangements you might need to make ahead of time.
- Conserve energy. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your travels. What it does mean, however, is that you need to pace yourself. Plan some downtime during the day to rest. Put your feet up for a while each day, and don’t try to push your body to the limit.
- Pay attention to diet. It’s easy to eat poorly when you’re traveling. Make sure you’re eating healthy meals, and on a regular schedule. If possible, pack some nutritional snacks to take with you along the way.
- Keep hydrated. Dehydration can be bad news for you and for your baby, so make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids. Even if it’s not warm out, remember that your body needs a certain amount of fluids to function.