Tips for Traveling During Pregnancy

Staying at home for all the nine months of pregnancy is not an easy job. Remember, you are pregnant and not sick! What you do need to do while traveling during pregnancy is some serious planning.

Here are some pregnancy travel tips to make the journey pleasurable for you!

  • Reduce the stress level: Travel during pregnancy may not be the same as your normal day travel. Make sure that you are at the station or the airport ahead of time. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, as the pressure of reaching on time may tense you. And stress during pregnancy is a big no-no.


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  • Keep Cool: The second important thing that you need to do is to keep your sense of humor alive. Don't allow your hormones to do their numbers in case your flight or train is delayed. Just sit back and relax, read a book, or tune into your favorite music.
  • Maximize Your Energy: Have you been an athlete throughout your life? Were you into mountain climbing, trekking and such activities? Well, now you need to slow down a bit. You definitely have to avoid such kind of strenuous activities.
  • Relax After Travel: If your business involves travel, then you need to plan it out in such a way that you get some time-out for yourself too. Once you reach your destination, you need to make sure that you pack in some 'your' time in your busy schedule. Make time for some relaxing bath, reading, napping and so on. Ensure that you feel relaxed and energized throughout your trip.
  • Watch What You Eat: Most often when we travel, our eating schedule goes out of gear. In the bargain, we end up eating the wrong things and follow an erratic eating timing, inviting some serious stomach upsets in turn. In pregnancy, hunger is a familiar companion and missing meals can make you feel sick. Before taking up any travel, make sure to pack some healthy snacks in your luggage. You can carry snacks like nuts, dry fruits, cereals and so on.

  • Drink Water: It will always help to keep a bottle of water handy to avoid dehydration. Drinking water will not only keep your body hydrated, but also help you avoid getting swollen feet and ankles.
  • Balanced Diet: No matter where you are, it is vital that you follow a well-balanced diet. Include lot of fruits, vegetables and protein in your diet.Instead of eating large portions of meal at once, it is better to have small and frequent meals at regular intervals. Eating light will also reduce heartburn.
  • Frequent Breaks Are a Must: Take frequent breaks. Whenever you find a clean and hygienic washroom, use it! Avoid sitting continuously anywhere for longer durations, as it can lead to swelling or leg cramping. In case you find an empty seat nearby, take the liberty of elevating your feet.
  • Exercises: Doing some stretching exercise while seated is not a bad idea to keep your blood circulation right. Pressure on your circulatory system can lead to blood clotting and this condition is called as varicose veins. It is advisable to wear stockings to keep the circulation right while you are taking a flight.

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In a fit of excitement, do not forget about your pregnancy and indulge in activities that may pressurize you and your body. Any pressure can harm your baby.

Last but not the least, make sure that you get yourself vaccinated and carry all the medications that have been prescribed by your doctor, to have a joyful journey.

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