Pregnancy is an exciting time in life–as a new life is preparing to enter the world. However, for many pregnant women, pregnancy prevents them from engaging in activities they used to enjoy. What about travelling? Has being pregnant prevented you from participating in this activity? Here’s how to travel while pregnant.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t participate in activities throughout your trip but caution is advised. During pregnancy, you are more prone to heat exhaustion and may find you tire quicker, so pacing yourself is important.
Hydrate and Eat Well
Hydration and proper nutrition are even more important when you are with child. If you’re driving to your destination, make sure to pack snacks such as nuts, dried fruit and whole grain crackers with cheese. On a flight, if you require special care–gluten-free food or diabetes-friendly dishes–it’s important to call in advance. Also, make sure to bring water and stay hydrated throughout the flight.
Put Health First
Prior to departing on your trip, check if there are any diseases or viruses you need to be concerned about at your travel destination. Also, look into the quality of healthcare at your travel destination. Don’t go anywhere with unreliable health care during your pregnancy.
Avoid Dangerous Activities
When pregnant, the last thing you want is to participate in an activity that jeopardizes your developing child’s well-being. For this reason, it’s best to avoid risky activities (i.e. snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding or water skiing). Potential harm to your abdomen from a fall isn’t your only concern. Hot tubs are another activity that’s not normally unsafe for pregnant women.
At the end of the day, it’s important to exercise good judgment with your choice of activities and consider how different situations could affect your pregnancy. With smart planning and preparation, you can enjoy travelling and pregnancy together!