The idea of planning a trip during the last trimester of my pregnancy sounded crazy at first, but it ended up being a great excuse to escape the cold and spend a few days relaxing. Here are a few tips and tricks that I found to be helpful during our travels. Please keep in mind that every woman has different experiences throughout their pregnancy so it’s important to consult your doctor before planning any trips away from home.
1. Pick a destination that is within a 2-4 hour flight or car ride. Originally I had high hopes of traveling to Hawaii, but I’m so glad we decided to stay “closer” to home. Just the thought of sitting on a plane for 8-10 hours makes my back hurt!
2. If you’re flying, pick an isle seat. This almost goes without saying, but the fellow travelers in your row will thank you when they don’t need to be disturbed every 30 minutes when you have to get up and go to the bathroom.
3. Pack nutritious snacks for your trip. My personal favorites were individual packs of trail mix (thank you, Costco) and bananas.
4. Dress in layers to avoid becoming overheated on the plane. A cranky pregnant lady is one thing, but a hot pregnant lady is a whole new level of crazy!
5. This is a BIG one… remember to drink tons, and tons of water before, during, and after the trip. Security regulations prohibit you from taking water through security so I packed an empty Nalgene that I refilled it as we were waiting to board the plane. My doctor cautioned me over and over again that dehydration can cause early labor….so drink up ladies! 🙂
6.. Speaking of doctors, you may want to talk to your doctor about writing a permission to fly note. I was 34 weeks pregnant when we traveled to Ft. Lauderdale so I felt as though it was important that I had the appropriate documentation for my trip. Although uncommon, airlines are able to deny your trip if they don’t feel it’s safe for you or your baby to travel. I also spoke to my doctor about providing a copy of my medical records in the event that I would go into labor during my trip. Which leads me to the next item on the list….
7. Research local hospitals in case you experience a complication (or God forbid go into labor) during your trip.
8. Once you’ve decided on a location, look for vacation rentals or hotels that are on the first floor or have access to an elevator. This might be specific to my pregnancy, but I experienced a lot of back pain and walking up steps several times a day would have been too much for me.
9. Be selfish— Plan your time with activities that YOU and your significant other want to do. I had every intention of finishing up some work related items and writing the thank you notes for my baby shower, but once the vacation started I forced myself to focus on relaxing and enjoying the company of my husband. After all, this was our last vacation as a couple.
10. Take time to enjoy the peace and quiet. My favorite part of the trip was sitting at the pool, just soaking in the sunshine and listening to the palm tree sway in the wind. It may sound silly, but I know that I will look back and remember those moments of ultimate tranquility.
Next week I plan to share a full recap of our babymoon to Ft. Lauderdale. It was definitely a trip to remember! 🙂