As you might already know if you follow this blog, we really like to travel whenever we can. In Isabelle’s short life, she’s already been to 13 or more different hotels. But what we didn’t do a whole lot of was travel whilst pregnant. We went to Stratford once, and then to Brussels during Rachel’s second trimester. So I’m turning the blog over to someone else for a collaborative post, and they’re giving you five ways to make travel easier for yourself when pregnant.
5 Ways to Make Travel Easier For Yourself When Pregnant
Travelling while pregnant can be fun, rewarding, and the perfect way to get some well-deserved relaxation. It’s also something you should really do as part of a pre-baby bucket list. A baby literally changes your life. Especially if it’s your first. So getting out and doing something before the chaos begins can be very beneficial.
But travelling can also be tiring, even if all you need to do is sit down and let the plane/train/car take you where you need to be.
Luckily, there are things you can do to make the process run smoothly, and they’re all simple, straightforward additions to your travel routine. Here are five ways to make travel easier when you’re pregnant.
Travel in the Second Trimester
If you have a choice about the timing of your trip, it’s recommended you organise it to fall within the second trimester of your pregnancy (weeks 13–27). This is the point when you’ll have the most energy, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy your time away even more.
In contrast, you’re more likely to have morning sickness during the first trimester, and your chance of miscarrying is higher. During the third trimester, exhaustion really sets in, and you may not want to do anything at all.
Four-Wheel Suitcases are Your Friend
Use a suitcase with four wheels during pregnant travel. Having four wheels (which normally rotate 360 degrees) means your luggage will spin with ease, and can roll along beside you instead of having to be dragged, putting less strain on your back. Less strain = fewer aches and pains.
Avoid bringing heavy items with you if you can, and always ask your travel companion to do any lifting (into overhead lockers, for example).
Not sure what to pack? Baby Centre have a handy list of essentials for travelling whilst pregnant.
A travel pillow may be one extra thing to carry, but it’s well worth it. You can rest your head and neck, or use it to support your back, which will stop you from aching. It also comes in handy if you’ve got to wait around and need somewhere soft to sit.
Travelling can be quite a stressful thing to do, especially when pregnant. But packing your own travel pillow might help a little. And sometimes that little difference can mean a lot!
Satisfy Those Cravings
You never know when there are going to be delays, and you never know when you’re going to get hungry or thirsty. Stay prepared by packing food and water in your bag.
Water will keep you hydrated and boost concentration — Holidaysafe’s pregnancy travel guide recommends bringing a bottle with you so you remember to drink, and to refill throughout the day.
Meanwhile, snacks like fruit pots, crackers and nut-and-seed mixes are full of nutrients for you and your baby. They’ll also help to keep your energy levels and blood sugar levels steady.
Ask for Help if You Need It
People are normally very accommodating when you’re pregnant. So don’t be afraid to ask for help if necessary. Whether you need someone to carry your bags, offer a seat, or check on the ingredients in a dish at a restaurant, it’s always better to speak up. You might feel a little awkward asking someone to offer up their seat, but people are usually happy to help.