Traveling during pregnancy
Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle
Last summer over 60% of Americans went on some kind of leisure vacation (U.S. Travel Association).
If you are pregnant and planning on traveling this summer, here are some tips to make your mom-to-be travels just a bit easier.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists: The best time to travel is the middle of your pregnancy between weeks 14 and 28. Before that you may be fighting nausea and fatigue and once you enter your third trimester it may be harder to move around or sit for long periods.
If you are traveling by car, a few things to make your trip more pleasant are:
- Make sure you wear your seat belt (low on your hips, under your belly).
- Plan to make frequent stops, for restroom breaks and to walk around.
If you are planning to travel by plane make sure you know your airlines rules. Some restrict flight in the last month or 36 weeks of pregnancy. And international travel may be cutoff even earlier.
If you are traveling by plane, a few things to make your trip more pleasant are:
- Book an aisle seat so that you can stretch your legs throughout the flight.
- Avoid carbonated drinks before and during your flight
- Wear your seat belt, low on your hip bones
- And if you still get a bit nausea talk to your health care provider about options. And don’t be afraid to ask for that handy dandy air sickness bag.
If you’re in your second or third trimester you may want to carry a list of emergency contacts and a copy of your prenatal chart.
Check out our “Ten Products for More Comfortable Travel During Pregnancy“ for goodies that are sure to make travel easier.
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