They say travel makes us richer, so when you find out you’re pregnant, it’s only natural to wonder if you need to put your desire to see the world on hold until after you give birth. Although many moms-to-be are prohibited from traveling during pregnancy, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the green light from your obstetrician just once.
But as your belly continues to grow, the ride isn’t always as comfortable as it used to be. Below are four ways to simplify travel during pregnancy.
Whether you’re traveling by car, plane or train, you need to get up and stretch your legs. Since the risk of a blood clot increases during pregnancy, it is important to walk every hour. You can also do seated heel curls to get the blood flowing. If you do get pregnant later, ask your doctor if compression stockings are a good idea.
As your little one continues to grow, you have to consider all the “what ifs”. Consider air travel, the type of cuisine the hotel offers and whether a medical team is on site. Even in the first trimester, it’s a good idea to have access to a doctor in the unlikely event that complications arise.
Enjoy your second trimester to the fullest
The second trimester is probably the most pleasant period of pregnancy. Morning sickness usually goes away and you can still do most of the things you did before you got pregnant without having a big belly. Use this time to plan your vacation to coincide with your second trimester. Even spontaneous weekend getaways are more enjoyable, partly because you’ll have more energy.
Think like a mother
If your pregnancy is advanced, your vacation should be easy. Avoid trips that put you and your baby at higher risk of premature birth. For example, even if you are a fitness enthusiast, you will want to use this time to relax and pamper yourself. Avoid going to places where you are at higher risk of injury or falling, or where you may not have the essentials you need in case of birth. Vacation destinations are the stuff of dreams, but if they’re too off the beaten path, they might not be a good idea.
Check your health insurance
Even if you have excellent coverage at home, it may not cover you if you need medical treatment abroad. Check the coverage you have and, if necessary, add an endorsement that covers you, even temporarily, while you travel. Make sure it offers emergency room visits as well as urgent care visits. You should also make sure that you and your newborn are covered if you give birth.
Whether you want to visit the Eiffel Tower or just go away for the weekend, you can go on holiday while pregnant. Just remember to follow your doctor’s instructions and don’t overexert yourself.