Although travelling while pregnant is a common concern for many expectant mothers, experts say that it is ‘totally safe’ to go on vacation. According to information shared by the National Health Service (NHS), some women don’t prefer to travel after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to avoid common symptoms such as nausea and fatigue. Risk of miscarriage is also higher in the first three months of pregnancy. But, if the you are given “fit to travel” approval by your physician, then you can rest many of your concerns. And to help make your travel a little easier, we’ve got some resources to help make it a fun trip before all those restless nights ahead.
Taking a ‘babymoon’, has become very popular over the last few years, and can be a great idea if you’ve been given the all clear to travel. In a complete guide to travelling while pregnant, you can find even more resources no matter what your mode of travel is; planes, trains, or automobiles, you’ll be covered. Packing for a vacation can be a little daunting, adding in being pregnant and you’re bound to forget something. Let this guide walk you through ten of the most important things you need to bring with you when travelling with a bun in the oven.
Keeping your fluid levels up during pregnancy is highly important, especially when you are going on a long trip. The American Pregnancy organization mentioned that pregnant mothers need more water or liquid than an average person, as dehydration can lead to low amniotic fluid, premature labor, birth defects and more.
2. Dry crackers
For those who continue to battle morning sickness, dry crackers can help you ease nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux. It stabilizes the acid in your tummy that commonly leads to morning sickness. Keep a few dry crackers with you even when on a flight and you’ll be thankful you did.
You’ll never know when you will need to use tissues. Since pregnancy is connected with having to use the loo all the time, then you will need tissues with you most of the time.
4. Pregnancy vitamins
Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor will prescribe you to drink pregnancy vitamins rich with folic acid and iron. Make sure not to miss your vitamins daily to ensure your baby is getting enough nourishment.
5. Ginger Candies
Still battling nausea? Morning sickness can last up until your fifth month and will lessen as you reach the final few weeks of your pregnancy. The common causes of nausea and vomiting according to Essential Baby is eating certain foods that are difficult to digest (oily, acidic, and spicy), large meals, and those who already suffer from reflux. Ginger candies can ease up the nausea and stabilize the acid in your stomach to avoid vomiting.
Compression wristbands, sometimes called “sea-bands” can also help battle motion sickness, so you don’t add that to any morning sickness you might be experiencing.
6. Travel Insurance
Travelling while pregnant requires more health preparation, thus getting yourself insured is highly important. Here are the common coverage of travel insurance:
- Overseas medical expenses
- Trip cancellation
- Luggage and personal effects
- Accommodation and travel expenses
Make sure to discuss with your provider any pregnancy related complications to provide you with the appropriate plan you need.
7. Compression Socks
To limit swelling and blood clots, compression socks will be necessary on your trip. This is more important for those going to cold destinations to warm up the feet. Some women with excess water tend to experience swelling feet, making it hard for them to walk. When left unattended it could lead to more underlying problems such as blood clot, as revealed by Today’s Parent.
If you often experience acid reflux, then antacids will be the best remedy for it. Check with your physician for the safest antacids for you. However, it will also help to avoid food that causes this pain, such as oily, spicy, and highly acidic fruits.
9. Tylenol/ Acetaminophen
Long car rides and flights are uncomfortable enough without adding being uncomfortable from pregnancy. Having some Tylenol on hand can help ease up the pain so you can enjoy the trip more.Keep in mind that most pregnant women can safely take acetaminophen (Tylenol, and others) to treat occasional headaches. Your health care provider might recommend other medications as well. Make sure you have the OK from your health care provider before taking any medication, including herbal treatments.
10. Medical and vaccination record
When travelling to a remote destination, it’s best that pregnant women get the necessary vaccinations before going there. Speak to your physician first to know which one is safe to use in pregnancy. All medical records, especially the fit to travel paperwork, are all necessary in your trip. Make sure to bring it all with you.
This list of important items to bring will help make your trip more memorable. Moms who travel, did we miss an item in this list? We’d love to hear your insights. Feel free to leave a comment, and don’t forget to travel happy!
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