Women who are sure that traveling and pregnancy are incompatible can stay home for nine months and spare themselves the travel stress. The rest of the expectant mothers may find the following information useful. If you have no specific health problems that can stop you from traveling (check with your doctor) your trip can be a pleasure.
The most comfortable and safe period to travel is the second trimester when the morning sickness doesn't disturb you as much as before, the risk of miscarriage is reduced to a minimum and the chances of premature labor are very unlikely.
Whatever method of traveling you choose, you have to take certain precautions:
- Always wear a seat-belt. Place it across your upper thighs but don't let it press the
- Change your position frequently, try to stretch, move your arms and wiggle you feet
and toes. If possible stand up and walk to let your blood circulate properly.
- Drink plenty of water. Always carry a bottle of water with you. By keeping
yourself well-hydrated you help your baby get enough oxygen and prevent nausea.
- Carry nutritious and healthy snacks - when you are pregnant it is doubly important. The quality of meals may be unpredictable and your eating schedule may be disrupted on the road.
- Use a small pillow behind your back or under your knees to get comfortable and
- Wear loose layered clothing and comfortable low-heeled shoes.
- Travel light. Don't try to handle heavy bags.
- If possible, get some rest and try to sleep to avoid tiredness.
- Always carry a copy of your prenatal record with you. As soon as you reach your destination find out where the medical facilities are or better get the information in advance.
- Be flexible in your travel plans. Problems may occur at the last minute and you will have to cancel your trip. That will cause unnecessary nervousness and stress.