Traveling while pregnant does not have to be stressful. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, certain preparations can reduce discomforts while you are on the way to your destination. Here at Raleigh OB/GYN Centre, we recommend the following tips to help make traveling while pregnant a pleasant experience.
Take Timing Into Consideration
Since pregnant women are more likely to face medical emergencies during the first and third trimesters, the ideal time to travel is during the second trimester. During this phase, your morning sickness has probably subsided and you can still move around fairly comfortably.
Fill Your Carry On with Essentials
There are a variety of essential items you should pack in your carry on bag. Be sure to include a refillable water bottle, an extra pair of underwater, snacks like nuts or dried fruit, and medication such as Tylenol in case you experience any headaches, backaches, or pain in general.
Comfort should be your top priority when you are trying to figure out what to wear before your trip. A belly support band can help take pressure off your lower back while you’re standing in security lines, walking across airports, and carrying luggage.
In addition to a belly support band, wear comfortable shoes that easily slip on and off and a light cardigan to keep yourself warm in cold airports but comfortable if a hot flash arises.
Select an Aisle Seat
If you are flying, be sure to select an aisle seat. Doing so will make your trip far easier as you won’t have any issues getting up to use the restroom or stretch your legs.
Although it is easier said than done, packing extra light is important. By packing light, you won’t have to lift heavy suitcases and bags and put them onto an airport scale or overhead bin. Try to pack items that are multi-functional and consider purchasing beauty products and other items once you arrive at your destination.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you are traveling alone, ask for help whenever you need. Ask the flight attendant for a snack and water bottle if you are feeling faint. If you are unable to lift your bag, find another passenger around you to help you out.
Contact Raleigh OB/GYN Centre
Prior to traveling, it’s wise to consult your doctor. If you are planning a trip, be sure to contact us today for more tips on traveling while pregnant.