Tips For Travelling While Pregnant

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Though you may not have to worry about kiddie pools or toddler-friendly restaurants just yet, there are a few things to consider when traveling while pregnant.  Here is a list of helpful tips for the expecting mother when she travels:
Consider the destination
The destination is important to think about when you travel, and is ultimately determined by your health and how far along you are. If you are further along, it may be smart to consider how much walking or energy is needed as you travel.  It also import to think about potential risks of the area to which you are traveling--are there dangerous diseases, a nearby hospital, etc.
Plane vs. Car
When traveling, you have to consider your mode of transportation.  If you fly by plane, try to book an aisle seat so that you have easy access to the bathroom and can get up often to walk around and stretch.  Also, when going through security, request for a pat-down.  To be safe, avoid the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners (the ones that spin around you) because long term effects of these devices on pregnant women have not been studied.  Also, always ask for assistance with your suitcase when it comes off the conveyor belt to avoid heavy lifting.
Many women prefer to travel by car because it is easier to put your feet up and stop for bathroom or stretch breaks.  Though it takes longer, it is also allows for easier access to hospitals or medical centers in case of an emergency.
Travel by boat
Many pregnant women like to take cruises because it gives them a chance to see more than one destination without having to deal with all the travel.  The ship does the traveling for you, and you often have access to a gym, a doctor, and a bed to take frequent naps.  Things to consider on a cruise however are sea sickness and illness on board.  So consider having your doctor prescribe you medication just in case and always wash your hands and be cautious when eating fruits and vegetables that could not be completely washed.
Be prepared
When traveling, it is always important to prepare.  Your immune system is very vulnerable when you are pregnant, and even more so when you are traveling, so make sure to take your prenatal  vitamins to prevent you from getting sick.  Also have your doctor prescribe you medication that you can take with you in case of an emergency.  It is also important to know if you need any vaccinations before traveling to your destination.  Have a copy of your medical records as well and make sure there is a hospital or medical center near you in case of an emergency as well.
Eat & Drink wisely
It is very important to stay hydrated, especially when you are pregnant.  Make sure to drink only bottled water, and steer clear of any tap water (even though you may drink it at home). There can be bacteria in the water that can make you sick.  Also make sure to eat smart—stay away from undercooked meat, unwashed vegetables. Pack healthy snacks as a backup.
Get exercise 
Though you may be enjoying delicious food and long naps, it is important to move around when pregnant.  Take a walk on the beach or a yoga class—something to get your body moving while traveling.
Get rest
It is also important to get enough of rest.  You may not realize it, but when you are traveling you may be doing a lot in a day, and it is important to remember that you may not have as much energy as you did before pregnancy.  So make sure to fit in naptime in your itinerary.
Though it may not seem like it, traveling while pregnant does not have to be a hassle. There are definitely things to consider, but as long as you take the time to prepare for it, your travel experience should go by smoothly.   By simply being cautious and taking care of your body, you can definitely enjoy your travels while pregnant.  

By: Chantal Bishara

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