by Julie Snyder
If you're pregnant and your work, vacations or holidays are going to require travel, get equipped with these plan-ahead safety tips.
Most travel plans, shouldn't cause any alarm or issues.
Depending on your condition, check-in with your healthcare provider to make sure you can travel first. They will be able to give you the thumbs up or not.
Better to be safe!
The first trimester can be exciting, fun and adventurous. Does this describe you? Grab that wanderer spirit and take a trip across the state or further. Are you more into surviving until bedtime without throwing up on anyone? In that case travel can be a challenging. Still have to go on that trip? Try these mom-tested survival techniques:
Combat nausea by bringing along your own snacks. For some moms-to-be, getting too hungry triggers morning sickness.
Outsmart exhaustion. Plan easy activities. Can you split up your day and return to where you're staying for a midday rest stop?
Plan frequent bathroom stops. You can't always predict where the next bathroom is going to be, but it helps to be in the "know." If you're flying, try to sit near one of the restrooms, or snag an aisle seat if you are able to arrange it.
Your pre-trip check list:
Tip: Is nausea more a concern than potty breaks? Some moms-to-be find sitting by a plane's window eases queasiness.
Women find the second trimester an ideal time for fun vacation getaways! Morning sickness has usually eased up, energy levels are improving, and your overall comfort is easier to achieve. Celebrate your beautiful pregnant body and the life growing within!
Schedule sensibly. While you do have more energy, set reasonable expectations and don't overdo it.
Keep close to the ground. Trade in the stilettos for something a little more practical. You can still be stylin' while flaunting that bump -- but make allowances for your new center of gravity!
Soft and comfy. Going camping? Packing that air mattress is worth the extra effort vs. sleeping on the ground.
Have fun! Seriously, relax! Relaxation creates a healthier environment for you and baby while lowering your blood pressure, increasing endorphins, and a happier spirit.
Add these items to the first trimester's pre-trip check list:
Tip: Some expectant ladies report being more interested in sex at this stage, too!
Aisles might have gotten smaller and your energy could be lagging, but you can still enjoy your getaways. These ideas can help make your journey more pleasant: