Whether you’re traveling via plane, train, or automobile, having a pregnant belly can make traveling a little more uncomfortable. Your feet may be swollen, your back may be aching, and you have to pee all the time! Needless to say, you need some tips and tricks to make traveling while pregnant a little less stressful.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the best time to travel while pregnant is during your second trimester. At this point, you’ll probably have passed through the morning sickness, fatigue, and additional risks that come with the first trimester. During the third trimester, it’s recommended that you stay closer to home (within a 300-mile radius) because of high blood pressure and other risk factors during this time.
Check your insurance to be sure it’ll cover you (and your newborn) if you were to experience any issues or deliver while you’re traveling. In addition, research healthcare providers at your destination, just in case you need to deliver or have any complications while traveling.
If you’re flying, book a seat over the wing in the middle of the plane, preferably one in the aisle seat; if you’re experiencing morning sickness, this section will have the smoothest ride. Also, don’t guzzle diet soda on the plane; you’ll want to avoid any carbonated drinks, as they can lead to discomfort.
Get up and walk often to prevent blood clots (this is important if you’re driving, too). Staying hydrated can also help with this, and it’s also important to hydrate if you’re experiencing morning sickness, as planes have low humidity.
Wear layers of loose-fitting clothing. You have much more blood in your body during pregnancy, so it’s important that you’re able to take off layers if you need to in order to stay comfortable.
Try to get good rest! Traveling --and any change in routine -- can be stressful, so it’s important to get rest and relaxation to help keep yourself energized during this hectic time. (Maybe even enjoy a nice bath with our Pregnancy Flakes!)Sources: HopkinsMedicine.org, ACOG.org.