Navigating your summer travel plans while being pregnant can be a bit of a juggling act. Use these tips to make pregnancy vacationing more enjoyable.
There are several factors that will affect your approach to pregnancy vacationing this summer. Your summer travel destination, how far along you are in your pregnancy, and whether your pregnancy is high risk are a few key factors. Follow these travel tips to enjoy being pregnant while on vacation this summer.
#1 Summer Travel While Pregnant: Consult Your Doctor
It’s always best to consult your doctor before doing anything out of the norm while you’re pregnant. So, summer travel during your pregnancy should be no different. Your doctor can advise you on the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy vacationing.
This expert medical advice can help in the planning of your summer travel destination. If you know you will be too far along in your pregnancy to fly (after 36 weeks), make the travel adjustments. Traveling by car, bus, train, or boat are all viable options.
Keep in mind the role that morning sickness will play when traveling while pregnant. This too will influence your mode(s) of transportation during your summer vacation. Be prepared for any morning sickness or nausea throughout your entire trip.
#2 Summer Travel While Pregnant: Physical Limits
This is an especially important travel tip for those who are further along in their pregnancies or first time expectant mothers. Your body cannot keep up with the normal on-the-go natural of your past summer travel excursions. Listen, when your body shows signs of fatigue or over exhaustion.
You can still enjoy vacationing while pregnant, just be mindful to build in plenty of time for rest and relaxation. Along with this, avoid stress when at all possible. Stress is not good for expectant mothers or their developing babies. Combat stress by going for a massage, taking a nap, or a leisurely walk.
High-impact physical activity should be avoided when you plan to summer travel while pregnant. This means no zip lining, roller coasters, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, or anything too extreme. If you have doubts about what makes up high-impact activity, consult your doctor.
#3 Summer Travel While Pregnant: Food and Snacks
Eating the right kinds of food during pregnancy vacationing is important for both you and your unborn child. This is especially trying for those who deal with morning sickness or constant nausea throughout the day. Not eating enough or often enough while pregnant can leave you feeling worn down.
So, bring a variety of your favorite snacks along with you to your summer travel destination. Doing so will help you avoid headaches and stress over not having access to your pregnancy cravings while traveling. It’s also best to avoid trying any food that is too foreign or spicy while pregnancy vacationing.
Changing up your diet or eating routine too much may lead to your being miserable for interminable stretches of your trip. Try to eat similar foods and portion sizes compared to what you’d eat if you were at home. The last thing you want is to get sick from overeating or food poisoning while on vacation.
#4 Summer Travel While Pregnant: Hydration
Hydration is an absolute necessity for everyone who has summer travel plans, including expectant mothers. Whether you’re vacationing domestically or traveling internationally to a beach resort, drink all the water you can. Being pregnant means you are eating and drinking for two. So, carry a water bottle with you where ever you go.
Failing to hydrate properly while pregnancy vacationing can put you at risk of dehydration, heat stroke, or heat exhaustion. None of these things are good for expectant mothers or their fetuses. Suffers from any of these medical issues would also put a damper of your summer travel experience.
In addition, it’s best to not fill up on too many sugary sodas, juices, or virgin daiquiri drinks. Doing so could have a negative impact on your blood sugar and put yourself at risk for developing gestational diabetes. Enjoy pregnancy vacationing, but remember to practice moderation with food, beverage, and exercise.
Follow these travel tips to navigate summer travel while pregnant. Expectant mothers can have a fun time pregnancy vacationing while still being healthy and getting plenty of rest.
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