There was a time when pregnant women just weren’t seen in public. I remember how offended my great-grandfather was in 1970 something when he spied my very pregnant mother grocery shopping. I wonder what he would say if he could experience life in the 21st century? Many women work and travel right up until their due dates. Nevertheless, traveling can take it’s toll on you during pregnancy. Here are some things I’ve learned during my pregnancies which may be helpful to you!
Allow Extra Time When Traveling
It’s amazing how much time “rest stops” can take! During early pregnancy when morning sickness is in full swing, you may need to take frequent stops. As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll need to take frequent bathroom breaks as well as stop to eat. At the end of your pregnancy, it’s best to take a break every 2 hours to walk around for a few minutes. This reduces the risk of blod clots and also minimizes swelling.
Ask For Help
If you need to drive a long distance, see if you can get someone to share the driving responsibilities. This is important especially towards the end of your pregnancy when driving can be quite uncomfortable!
If you can’t get help with the driving responsibilities, see if you can break up the trip into smaller, more manageable distances and take frequent breaks to stretch.
Don’t Get Dehydrated
It’s important to make sure that you get enough liquids to drink during long trips. I know how tempting it is to cut down on liquids because you can skip a few “rest stops” if you do. Although some women can get by if they reduce their consumption of liquids, other women experience contractions and other discomforts. I have found that it’s best to stay hydrated and make those extra pit stops rather than have to deal with the contractions and other complications.
Check With Your Doctor
If you need to make a long trip or travel by air, it’s best to check with your health care provider before finalizing your plans, even if you’ve been able to travel without restriction in other pregnancies. Better to be safe than to be sorry.
During my last pregnancy, I had some complications and had to deal with travel restrictions towards the end of my pregnancy. I was able to work around the travel restrictions, but it certainly did cause a bit of stress!
Another precaution to take when traveling: take your doctor’s phone number with you and make sure that you know where to get health care services should an emergency arise.
Happy travels to you and your baby!