Travelling with bump, staying healthy when travelling while pregnant
When I was five months pregnant with Hannah, hubby and I decided to take a babymoon to Venice (you can see all about that here). But while it seems idyllic, travelling while pregnant was a whole new experience. Cue fatigue, aches, and a whole other consideration when booking travel insurance. Suddenly I wasn’t in the ‘catch all’ category.
So anyway, while these travel tips from Holidaysafe* are a little belated for me, they may just be the ticket for you if you’re expecting and want to take a vacay.
How to stay healthy when travelling while pregnant
Travelling while pregnant can be an ideal way to let off some steam and relax before your baby arrives. However, there’s more to take into consideration when you’re in a delicate condition.
It’s natural to be nervous, but a few simple precautions will ensure your trip is stress-free. Here are nine ways to stay healthy if you’re travelling while pregnant.
Make sure you have travel insurance
Travel insurance is important no matter what your circumstances are, and it’s absolutely vital if you’re pregnant. It’s rare, but if anything goes wrong while you’re away (whether you’re abroad or not) then treatment or medical care will be incredibly expensive even for minor injuries.
Choose a policy which covers your pregnancy, plus any illnesses which have developed because of your pregnancy.
Take a travel pillow when you’re on the go
A pillow will come in handy whether you’re travelling by plane, train or car. You can support your neck, stop your head from falling into a funny position if you choose to sleep, and even cushion your lower back.
Travel pillows are also useful if you’re delayed and need to sit and wait for a long time.
Stretch at regular intervals
Stretching keeps the blood flowing round your body, which stops you from getting stiff, cramped muscles and prevents the development of blood clots if you’re flying.
Stretches for travel:
- Reach your arms above your head.
- Lower your chin to your chest, hold for five seconds, then tilt your head back. Hold for five seconds, then repeat.
- Clasp your hands behind your lower back and stretch your arms old.
- Point and flex your feet.
- Rotate your ankles.
- Get up and walk around for a few minutes.
Bring prescription medications with you
Medicines are prescribed for a reason, so pack yours to maintain good health and keep any illnesses in check. Remember to check your destination’s rules and regulations — some countries are strict about what you can bring in with you.
Head outside and stay active
Exercise — whether that’s a pregnancy yoga class or a gentle stroll around your chosen city — keeps your blood flowing, reduces muscle cramps, and helps you to maintain strong bones, all especially important when you’re pregnant.
Dress for the weather
Maybe this goes without saying, but taking the weather into account is especially important when you’re pregnant.
Visiting somewhere with a cooler climate? Layer up, pack a hat, scarf and gloves, and take thermals if it’s going to be particularly cold.
Prefer sunnier climes? Light, breathable cotton clothing is always the most comfortable, while open sandals will let your feet breathe, reducing swelling.
Drink plenty of water
Stay hydrated throughout your journey by sipping water at regular intervals, aiming for the equivalent of 8 glasses a day (possibly more if needed). Drinking the right amount of water will keep your brain alert, increase blood flow, and prevent blood clots and swelling.
Always pack snacks in your bag
You never know when you might get hungry! Nutritious snacks will keep you healthy by maintaining your blood sugar levels and they’re also a good way to satisfy any cravings.
Feeling nauseous? Dry foods like cereal bars and wholemeal crackers will settle your stomach. Feeling lethargic? Pots of fresh fruit or packets of dried fruit will give you a much-needed energy boost.
Rest when you need to
It’s good stay active during pregnancy, but it’s also vital to take time out to relax and recover. Stop and rest anytime you need to, and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, more if your body requires it.
*This post is a guest contribution.
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