Traveling is always so much fun! I know many people will agree with me that there’s no better feeling than taking a few days off from your normal busy life to relax and recharge. The best thing is you get to see these new sights with your family, too! When you’re pregnant, you can still travel, but you may need to take a few precautions. This is especially true when you’re still in your first trimester.
As a pregnant woman, whether you’re traveling for pleasure or work, it can be tricky to stay relaxed and comfortable when the headaches come, or the urge to vomit kicks in. Zion and I went to Hong Kong at the beginning of October. Some careful planning really helped me enjoy our trip, and we had a really good time together! Of course, having a trusted travel agent really makes it easier, too.
Here are a few travel tips that really worked for me:
Choose an appropriate destination
Air travel is very safe for pregnant women! However, if you are nearly due, you might not be allowed to fly. Always ask your doctor if you’re allowed to travel during your last trimester. But keep in mind that your body is undergoing so many changes, that very long-term flights might take its toll. Choose a destination that is convenient for a pregnant lady. Short trips to neighboring countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan are good options for those of you who live in Asia like me. Perhaps save that trip to the Amazon rainforest for the babymoon. You will be able to enjoy that at a later time when you’re more comfortable.
Plan your journey
Aisle seats work best for pregnant ladies. You can choose your food and request dietary restrictions when you book your flight, also saving you some hassle. Booking an aisle seat also gives you better access to the lavatory in case you need to use it quickly while mid-flight. Make sure your transit from point A to B is fuss-free by arranging everything ahead of time. All bookings are confirmed, including your accommodation and airport pick-up. Make sure you have their contact details so you can let them know if your flight is delayed.
Get the numbers of local doctors or hospitals
Your hotel concierge should be able to help with this, and so should any trip companions. But just in case you need advice, especially a prescription for anti-nausea medications, a local doctor should be able to keep you in tip-top shape.
Pack only what you can roll on two wheels or carry easily with two hands. That way, you won’t be stuck if you can’t commission a porter or a kind stranger. You’re pregnant, so no heavy lifting allowed!
I’m not talking about oily chips or sugary snacks. While nothing is stopping you from trying out local food at your destination, you need some healthy snacks to tamp down any nausea. Almonds, plain crackers, and trail mix are just some examples of filling snacks that should work in a pinch. It’s also good to keep them on hand for hungry kids who may not be receptive to new food that you are trying!
Pack ginger tea for nausea
Ginger tea is seriously a lifesaver. I remember having insane nausea during my first trimester and always felt like my head was about to explode. I read about cures for nausea, and ginger tea kept popping out everywhere. So, I decided to try it out and bought ginger tea bags. To prepare, all you need to do is mix one tea bag with ice water. Add in some squeezed lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey, and some shredded ginger. You can opt to have it in hot water as well. It helps me a lot and could ease your nausea, too! I brought it everywhere while traveling!
Plan your rest time
Traveling when you’re pregnant is a little different because you really need to make sure you’re comfortable. No need to make it a race to fit so many destinations in a day. If you’re scheduling out your trip, allow ample time to rest or nap, in addition to a full night’s sleep in between. Even just walking for a long period of time can get you really exhausted. Trust me, it’s not going to be lame if you want to head to bed at 8 p.m.
Keep your toddler occupied
If you’re pregnant and traveling with a toddler, then you know that you need to make sure he is occupied. This prevents little kiddo from getting too fussy. You can bring a few toys and puzzles in your bag if he is unable to sleep during a flight or if he’s bored waiting for the adults to finish dinner! Of course, it goes without saying that it’s a good idea to plan some fun time for your toddler while in another country, like going to a playground or play place.
Wear comfortable clothing and footwear
Since comfort is key, do your best to pack practical footwear and clothing while you’re abroad. This includes choosing sneakers and comfortable flats over fussy heels or sandals. Your feet will thank you later! Make sure you’re also dressed for the weather. If you’re unsure, pack items of clothing that can be layered, like thin sweaters, jackets, and scarves so that you can adjust.
I don’t think you should miss out on traveling even if you’re pregnant. In fact, it’s a great way to clear your mind! You’ll feel refreshed and recharged when you come back, with a whole load of new happy memories, too.
Do you have some tips to share as well? Whether you’re pregnant or not, fuss-free traveling is always a priority! Drop me a line and let me know—I’d love to hear from you!