There are many changes that your body undergoes when you are pregnant, which also means travelling will be different but possible. Getting the all clear from your doctor is part and parcel of making your trip comfortable. To make the most of your journey we have put together handy tips to keep on mind for before, during, and after the trip.
Before the trip
Having the most relaxing holiday boils down to preparation. Thinking ahead will help you avoid unnecessary headaches and it will also prepare you financially. Having a policy in place such as MiLittleLife that can create a financial safety net for you and your baby is advisable. Most of the stress of travelling can be managed with a checklist so that you don’t pack things that will make your luggage unnecessarily heavy. Things to remember when packing are:
- Comfortable lose clothes that is suitable for the weather.
- Comfy shoes to protect your feet should they start swellin
During the trip
Staying comfortable throughout the entire trip is important. This means getting as much leg room as possible for leg and ankle movements. Being in a space where you can stretch can help you avoid swelling or blood clots when travelling. Some of the other things to keep in mind are:
- Drink fluids to keep you hydrated.
- Take regular walks to give you good circulation, especially when you are on a long flight.
- When flying ask for an aisle seat to give you more leg space. You can also bring a comfortable pillow for the trip.
- Eat healthy food and limit certain sea food that can contain high levels of mercury and meats that can release chemicals that can hinder the growth of the baby.
Being active can make your trip more comfortable. However, It’s advisable to stay away from sports or vigorous activities that could result in you injuring yourself and the baby.
After the trip
When you have arrived safely at your destination it would be ideal to stretch. If at any moment you feel discomfort, it is okay to ask for help. Pushing on when experiencing discomfort can create complications that can affect the baby. Take a break by sitting down, especially if you are feeling faint. Asking for help with your luggage when travelling alone can also help you avoid straining your body. Above all, surround yourself with things that will put you in a good mood and you are well on your way to having a great holiday.