As the holidays draw closer, it’s only natural to expect a collection of expecting mothers will sit among the litany of holiday travelers. If you’re one of these, you should keep your comfort and safety in mind as you enjoy your journey. To keep your health at the forefront, we made a list of travel tips for expecting mothers.
1. See Your Doctor
Before you leave for your vacation, make sure to check with your doctor to get the travel go-ahead from a medical professional. Let your doctor know your travel plans, and since they’re familiar with your pregnancy, ask them if they have any recommendations regarding safe travel. We also recommend you ask them for a copy of any important medical records in the event you may need to use them.
2. Pack Light
If you will travel with someone else, you may want to rely on them to help you with your luggage. Regardless as to whether or not this is the case, however, it will benefit you to not overpack. Think about what you absolutely need for your journey and cut the rest. If you plan to bring any gifts with you, consider shipping them to your destination ahead of time. Additionally, it may benefit you to invest in a suitcase with wheels if you don’t already have one.
3. Plan for Bathroom Breaks
It’s far from uncommon for expecting mothers to experience some form of incontinence. If you have the frequent need to use the restroom while pregnant, you need to make sure you use the restroom as needed. Waiting too long to do this may result in a UTI. If you know that you’ll have to travel a long distance with incontinence, make sure you plan accordingly.
4. Have Food and Drink
No matter where you are in your journey, make sure you have healthy snacks and water are both easily accessible. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated and healthy as you travel, and at no point should it be difficult for you to fulfill these needs.
5. Keep Moving
As you likely know, you’ll want to keep your blood flowing to prevent clots. With this in mind, you should find some way to keep your body moving when travelling a substantial distance. If you’ll drive, take regular breaks to get out of the car and walk around. When on a plane, take a stroll down the aisle. If getting up is impossible, flex and unflex your calf muscles to encourage some form of circulation.
6. Stay Comfortable
It’s best if you do everything in your power to stay comfortable as you travel. If this means making accommodations with airlines or hotels to do so, you want to get this done. You can also pack items such as compression socks and neck pillows.
7. Take Breaks
When we say take breaks, we mean take several breaks. Any type of travel means your mind will go in a million directions at once, and you may neglect your own needs as a result. You should be sure to rest and not overexert yourself throughout the duration of your vacation. If this means taking two days to reach your destination and renting a hotel room overnight, don’t hesitate to do so.