12 traveling tips when pregnant
When to Travel
First, it is important to note that pregnancy does not just come with a lot of discomfort but has its own fair share of fatigue and nausea. This is why it is recommended that you travel within the second trimester before you start experiencing increased fatigue. At this time, it is easier to overcome morning sickness and enjoy your trip. Unless it is a must, you should avoid traveling after 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Choosing your Destination
It is recommended that you choose local destinations if there is such an option. Stay closer to home to reduce instances of eating contaminated food or drinking unsafe water. If you are traveling abroad, avoid cities located in high altitude areas. Generally, avoid spending a night in an altitude that is about 12,000 feet above the sea level
It does not matter where your itinerary will take you. Remember to carry along prenatal records. Prenatal records are important especially if you will need treatment from the local doctor. Also, if you have an option of choosing your destination, choose one that is close to a medical facility
Travel by Car
If the distance involved is not all that big to necessitate flying, traveling by car is highly recommended. It allows you to make stops and stretch and also gives you a chance to access emergency medical care if it is required. Traveling by car allows you to take a break from the nausea inducing motion.
When you travel by air you will spend most of your time at an altitude of 30,000 feet. It is recommended that you drink a lot of fluids to ensure that the amniotic fluid is renewed and that breast milk production is not interfered with.