Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
Traveling while pregnant doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you want to fly, drive or anything in between, getting there and back can be a pleasant experience when you follow these simple tips.
Following These Tips for Traveling While Pregnant You are Sure to Enjoy Your Trip!
Talk to Your Doctor
Before you travel make an appointment with your Doctor and let them know you are planning to travel. Your Doctor knows your medical history well and will be able to recommend whether traveling is a good idea at the current stage of your pregnancy. He will also be able to provide you with any vital information or medical records you may need for travel.
Prior to embarking on your trip check your medical insurance policy to understand what type of coverage you have while traveling. This will give you peace of mind since knowing that you are covered no matter where you go.
Traveling by Air
Air travel can be daunting if you feel unprepared. Be sure to check your airline’s policy for traveling while pregnant. Airlines generally allow traveling while pregnant up to the 8th month of pregnancy. To ensure a smooth experience through airport security, be sure to wear comfortable clothes, wear socks in case you have to take off your shoes, avoid wearing a belt and wear minimum jewelry. Here is a list of essentials you may want to consider carrying with you:
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Travel pillow
- A drink (purchase this once you are in the terminal)
- Load your phone or tablet with games and/or a movie
Traveling by Car
The convenience of traveling by car is big. As long as you are wearing comfortable clothes, have a travel pillow and stock up on snacks and drinks, you will pretty much be in charge of your time. Consider making stops to stretch, take little walks and use the restroom. With these few necessities at hand, you will be ready to take on any traffic jam that comes your way in comfort.
Traveling by Sea
Sea travel is not the most common choice for pregnant women, but in the case that you do choose to go on a cruise, here are some important things to consider:
- Ask if there is an on-board healthcare provider.
- Check port of calls for access to medical facilities.
- Pack your vitamins and sickness medicines (approved by your Doctor)
- Have an exit plan in place. In case you wind up disliking your sea trip, plan a trip to go back home via air travel from any port in your cruise route.
Other Things to Consider
- Plan your trip for a time when morning sickness will be gone.
- Drink plenty of purified water.
- Don’t drink unpasteurized drinks.
- Wash all fruits and veggies; don’t eat raw fish or meat.
- Pack everything you need that you know will keep you comfortable.
- Pack the right clothes for the season.
- Take comfortable shoes.
- Don’t be discouraged to say you want to go back home if you don’t feel good.