Pregnancy & Travel
Being pregnant shouldn't restrict you in traveling to places you’d like to see. In fact, a vacation is a perfect time for you to relax and rejuvenate; just before you submit to sleepless nights of baby feeding and diaper changing. But before heading out to your destination, here are some tips to help you achieve that smooth less-stressful pregnancy vacation:
When planning a trip, one of the most important things to consider is to go at a time that best suit the trimester of your pregnancy. For some women, morning sickness and fatigue may come along early pregnancy; travelling on the last trimester is also definitely not a good idea. According to most health experts, the second trimester is the safest time to travel as the risks of miscarriage and preterm labor are lower during this period.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Consulting you doctor before traveling is vital most especially to pregnant women. Ask for expert’s advice on what is ok and what is not. Tell your doctor about your plans – your destination, planned activity, date of travel and other essential details. Be sure to follow everything the doctor has told you to do. Do not forget to keep a copy of your doctor’s contact number when traveling; just in case you need something to consult to.
CONSIDER YOUR DESTINATION
When choosing for a destination, always keep your mind open. Try to select the best option by seeking your well deserve rest and relaxation on a more scenic and calming place rather than on a busy crowded area – a spa or resort could be the best place for you to go. Do not take on any exhausting activities like water sports, hiking or any activity where a risk of injury or accident is higher. The secret is to have a low key vacation; do not overexert and rest whenever is possible.
Packing for a trip is essential as these needs enough time especially for pregnant woman whose “to do/to bring list” is much more extensive. Remember to pack light by bringing only your essentials. Involve your partner or family members in packing.
MAKE GOOD CHOICES
Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes; wear comfortable and breathable ones instead. Also, consider wearing compression stockings as these decrease the risk of getting a blood clot. Drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables, and take frequent rest by stretching and doing little exercises such as arm and leg stretches.
Do not let that pregnancy stop you from taking that much needed vacation. An extra care and precaution, planning, consultation and a positive outlook will surely ensure your safety and that of your baby. Bon Voyage!