Pregnancy Travel Guide: 10 Tips On How to Stay Safe + ComfortableCasi Densmore-Koon
I am not sure if an indoor water park is the best place to have your last mini-vacay before baby. But here I am, after the pregnant bathing suit shopping and long car ride with a not so patient bladder. When Great Wolfe Lodge in Williamsburg, VA offered to sponsor 2 nights + 3 days, I couldn’t say no! After all, with me going on 17 weeks, this will most likely be my last vacation of any kind until Spring Break 2013! I am preparing myself to begin bed rest at 25 weeks.
However, when it comes to traveling pregnant, you want to be comfortable and safe. Not sure if the comfortable part really happens, but I’ve made it work. It’s not that you shouldn’t travel during pregnancy, but you need to be cautious and keep in mind every pregnancy is different. While traveling before baby is super-exciting — a chance to get away before the baby arrives — you need to know how to stay safe.
Here are 10 tips to stay safe when traveling during pregnancy:
Don’t Forget To Drink 1 of 10And I don't mean cocktails! Dehydration is a big cause that can lead on preterm labor so make sure you are drinking the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
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Always Wear Your Seat Belt 2 of 10No matter how uncomfortable you are you should always buckle up in a car or airplane.
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Ask the Doc 3 of 10Talk to your OBGYN to make sure it's okay. Some doctors may even let you request an ultrasound to make sure everything is just fine before your trip.
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Pack a Pregnancy Health Kit 4 of 10Make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips - Tylenol, Preparation H, Tums, Imodium and even Tylenol PM, in case you have a run in with insomnia.
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Pack Your Records 5 of 10If you need to go to the hospital in a different state, it's important to have all your health records front and center - blood pressure, blood type, ultrasound results, notes from each visit, etc.
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Move It! 6 of 10Traveling by car? Get out and stretch! Flying or on a train? Walk the aisles. Blood clots form more easily in pregnancy so it's important to move. Always make sure you go to the bathroom frequently to prevent bladder infections or UTI's which both can cause preterm labor.
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Snack Time 7 of 10Store energy bars, nuts and fruit in your purse for easy acess when it comes to keeping nausea away and building energy. br> Image via Fruits' Star
It’s Okay to Ask for Help 8 of 10Traveling in a really large airport? Ask for a wheel chair, don't risk the long walk. Save your energy for the vacation.
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Are You Flying? 9 of 10Check with your airline! Some may need a note stating your due date to verify you're okay for travel.
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Wear Comfy Shoes 10 of 10Sorry ladies, no heels for this one. As we all know, pregnancy feet swell easily so it's best to wear the most comfortable shoes when you are going to be on your feet a lot.
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