When you travel for two, you need to take some extra precautions and engage in a little added planning prior to hitting the road. With preparation and care you can likely make your trip one that is comfortable and safe for both you and your unborn child.
Talk to Your Doc
Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy, talking to your doctor before you commence your travel planning is a smart choice. In most cases, your doctor will clear you for travel, but he may provide some suggestions that will help make your travel more comfortable and keep you safe. When you speak with him about your travel plans, be specific, telling him where you will go and what mode of transportation you will use so he can give you the most informed answers to your travel-related questions possible.
Traveling alone can be great, but when you’re pregnant, it’s best to stay in the company of another person. While you will likely make it through your travel without any difficulty, if you do experience a problem, you will certainly find handling it substantially easier if you aren’t all by yourself in a distant and unfamiliar land. If you have to go on a solo trip while pregnant, such as a business-related one, ask a friend to come with you and offer to see the sites with her in exchange for her serving as your travel companion.
Purchase Travel Insurance
Anyone can experience medical problems while traveling, but pregnant women are at a more profoundly pronounced risk of needing medical intervention than the average person. To ensure that your costs are covered should you need to seek medical help while traveling, purchase travel insurance. This extra coverage will help defray your costs even if you are traveling to a region where your normally dependable insurance isn’t accepted.
Limit Your Travel Time
While you can travel anywhere you want while pregnant – as long as your doctor gives you the okay – it is wise to break up your travel a little more than you normally would. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that, whenever possible, pregnant women limit their travel time to six hour stretches. This may mean breaking up a long car trip that you normally would have made in one day, so consider this when booking hotels and set yourself up with one on your midway point as well as one at your destination.
The level of comfort you can expect to experience when traveling while pregnant is largely dependent upon the clothing you select. Don’t wear anything restrictive while traveling, but opt instead of lightweight, stretch-containing fabrics that will move with your body. If you plan to go somewhere where you must arrive dressed formally, stop at a rest area and change your clothes instead of making the whole trek in these beautiful – albeit likely uncomfortable – clothes.
The time and effort you put in to taking these extra planning steps will prove worthwhile. Not only does this extra planning help ensure that you stay safe while traveling, it will likely also leave you with an enhanced feeling of calm and a more relaxed disposition regarding the entire travel experience, as you will know that you have masterfully prepared for every possibility.