Pregnancy can be an exciting time, but you don’t have to be limited on what you can do while pregnant. Maybe you don’t want to miss out on that family vacation this year just because your pregnant. If you can’t get on a plane to travel, a road trip may be your best fit.
Here are 10 tips on taking a road trip while pregnant.
1. Check with your Doctor
First and foremost, always check with your doctor first to see if you are cleared to travel during your pregnancy. Always do this whether you are traveling near or far, taking a plane or going by car. This is very important. Each pregnant woman’s circumstances are different and different stages of pregnancy can play a part on how safe it is for you to travel while pregnant. So please make sure you do this.
2. Travel During an Earlier Trimester
If you can help it, try traveling earlier in your pregnancy. It is definitely safer and less risky traveling during an earlier trimester. I was 5 months pregnant when I took a road trip with my husband on a 5 hour trip to Virginia where he had to travel for work. It got uncomfortable at times being cooped up in the car while pregnant but overall it wasn’t too bad and we enjoyed it.
3. Make Sure to have a Travel Companion
If this can be helped, make sure you have a travel companion and you don’t travel alone, whether it be your husband, boyfriend, a friend, sibling, or your mother or father. Having a travel companion can keep you more comfortable; you won’t have to do all the driving and if a health concern arises, you have someone with you. Not to mention that it’s always great to have company on a long trip.
4. Take the Passenger Seat
If you do have that travel companion with you and you’re not traveling alone, let them drive and you take up the passenger seat. Push back the seat to give yourself more room and sit back and relax. This can ensure that your comfort level is higher than if you were driving.
5. Drink Lots of Water
It is important to keep hydrated, so make sure you bring lots of water and keep drinking during your road trip. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 2 hour trip or an 8 hour trip, make sure you have that water handy.
6. Take Lots of Breaks
Being pregnant means more bathroom breaks, so make sure to take a lot of pit stops to use the bathroom. But taking lots of breaks can also get you out of the car so you can stretch your legs and walk a little so you don’t end up getting cramps or swollen feet. These breaks will help you a lot during your road trip.
7. Wear Your Seatbelt
You should always wear your seatbelt, but while your pregnant make sure you are extra cautious about this and where that seat belt at any stage of pregnancy. In the event of an accident you want to protect yourself and that baby. Your seatbelt can help save yours and your baby’s lives.
8. Pack Well
You want to ensure you have all the essentials you will need for pregnancy. You will want to include in your suitcase or car, comfortable clothes, maternity clothes, comfortable shoes, cocoa butter lotion, prenatal vitamins, a pillow, and water and snacks. Packing the right items can help make your trip more comfortable and tolerable.
9. Stop to Eat
You need to keep your energy up because pregnancy can sometimes drain that energy. Snacks are great for in the car but it’s not going to be enough to sustain you. Make sure you are stopping once or twice to eat depending on how long your road trip is.
10. Know Where the Hospital is
Wherever your destination takes you, make sure you locate the hospital. Check to see where the hospital is in relation to your hotel and how far away it is. This is just a precaution in case a health concern arises and you need to get to the hospital quickly. You may want to call you doctor first and see what their recommendations are before heading to the hospital, but you still want to know where it is located.
When I traveled to Virginia with my husband at 5 months pregnant, I realized when we arrived that I hadn’t felt the baby kick all day, which was odd because he was always very active. So I called my doctor and she said that there shouldn’t be anything to worry about it. It could have been from the long road trip and to wait and see if he starts kicking again by morning. And needless to say, he did start kicking again a few hours later. So nothing to worry about in the end, but it’s still good to know where the hospital is just in case.
I hope you find these 10 tips helpful and you have a comfortable and enjoyable road trip with your family.
Looking for other travel advice and tips, take a look at 5 Reasons to Bring Grandma on the Family Vacation, 5 Reasons to Visit an Indoor Waterpark in the Summer, and 5 Reasons to Visit an Indoor Waterpark in the Winter.
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