The thought of traveling while you are carrying a baby seems quite frightening at first. You might think that when it is difficult to get a good night’s sleep in your own bed, how on earth will you manage on a plane or a long drive? Do not worry at all. Just believe that it is the perfect time for you to treat yourself, and for that, you will have to plan a comfortable and fun trip with your partner so that you can cherish moments together. Here is our guide to making your journey comfortable, relaxing, and safe.
- Pick An Ideal Spot
At this point, you do not have to worry about the restaurant being toddler-friendly, or if you will a fridge to store milk in your hotel room, so you have plenty of options. You must sit down with your partner and brainstorm the places you want to visit before having the baby comes. Then you can easily plan your trip around it. Places like the Bahamas are ideal to enjoy some peace and beautiful setting.
- Time Your Trip
Pregnancy brings a fair share of nausea and fatigue with itself, but these symptoms do not last for the whole nine months. You can take advantage of your second trimester when you have possibly overcome the morning sickness. Most doctors suggest avoiding traveling between 36 to 38 weeks of pregnancy. You can also consult your doctor and ask what the best time to travel for you is. You must carry the permission letter from your doctor; you never know when you’ll need it.
- Stay Hydrated
It does not matter whether you are traveling by car, plane or cruise, always stay hydrated. The cabin crew of the airplane is usually very caring and attentive and never leave you feeling thirsty. It is essentially important to drink plenty of water while you are traveling because the intake of 12 glasses of water a day ensures renewal of amniotic fluid and breast milk production. You can also take healthy snacking like fruits, grain, granola bars and mini-boxes of raisins are some tasty, travel-friendly options.
Taking a cruise with your partner is a great idea to relax before baby, but do not forget to check with your doctor to ensure that a cruise will be fine for your pregnancy. If you’re still going through morning sickness, high-risk, or experiencing complications, then cruising might not be the best idea.
If your doctor suggests that it’s okay, just make sure there’s a health care provider on board in case you face any complications. Do not rely on a shipboard pharmacy to have your medications: take your medicines with you.
- Say No To Window Seat
Now is not the time to enjoy the window seat. Remember the hydration tip? Well, this will require you to visit the loo quite a few times. It is always a great idea to pick the seat adjacent to an aisle. This will allow you to access the bathroom easily. You can also pick the seat near to the bathroom so that you are walking here and there. By selecting an aisle seat you can easily stretch your legs to avoid blood clots. Make sure you wear loose-fitting shoes in order to avoid swelling.