Whether you’re taking a babymoon at the beach or visiting relatives for the holidays, most pregnant women will take at least one trip during the nine-month journey to motherhood. Still, traveling while you’re pregnant might be quite tricky. Between having to use the restroom twice an hour to concerns over early labor, it’s a good idea to plan ahead so you can relax with some tips to keep you safe and comfortable. Here are some tips for safe road trips for pregnant moms.
Buckled Up in Mom’s Style
The most important tip is to make sure that you’re buckled up. Seat belts can be awkward when you’re pregnant, but it’s still important to buckle up while traveling. A three-point seat belt is the most effective seat belt. Pull the lap part of the strap across your thighs and hips, as you normally would, placing it under your bump. Don’t place the belt across your belly, because this could put unnecessary pressure on your baby. Finally, wear the shoulder strap towards the middle of your chest, pulled off to the side of your bump. Plus, you can buy your own pregnancy seat belt to make the most comfortable.
Activate the airbag in front of your seat, but make sure that the distance between you and the airbag is the maximum possible distance. This is easier to achieve if you’re in the passenger seat. However, if you’re driving, stay as far away from the steering wheel as you can without compromising your driving ease. If possible, tilt the steering wheel up and away from your belly.
Bring enough water with you for the trip, even if it means extra toilet stops! Staying hydrated will help you and your baby feel better during the drive. If you start feeling dehydrated, you could experience headaches, nausea, and cramps.Take pillows with you that are specifically designed for your back during pregnancy. Ensuring that your back is comfortable throughout the trip will help prevent backache.
Have Frequent Stops
Make frequent stops, even if they’re just for a few minutes. After about every hour or so, you should stop for about five minutes. Take a loo break and stretch out for better blood circulation. This will also help you to relax, and it will alleviate any backache you’re facing because of sitting down in one position for too long.
Keep Car Rides Short
As your pregnancy progresses, avoid taking long road trips on your own. It’s always important to ensure that your car is in good working order but perhaps even more so when you’re a pregnant woman traveling on your own. Make sure that all car services are up to date and your car is in good working order.
Pack As Light As Possible
Your body is likely to tire more easily during pregnancy. So, packing as light as possible will save you from dragging a heavy suitcase and having to do multiple loads of laundry upon return. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear comfortable and simple attire. At this point, it’s important for you to relax!
Time the Trip Wisely
The first trimester may be peppered with nausea and morning sickness for many women. In the third trimester, she’s starting to get a little bigger and uncomfortable, so the second trimester – the one in the middle – is often the best time for pregnant women to travel. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule and every pregnancy is different. But, the second trimester is usually the easiest one for moms-to-be to hit the road one last time before your baby arrives. So, if you plan to travel, it’s best to do so before 28 weeks!
Pack a First-Aid Kit
There’s nothing worse than being in transit for hours without supplies for headaches, heartburn, and other pregnancy-related ailments. If you’re prone to not feeling well at home or when you travel, you may want to bring a small first-aid kit along. While your kit can include whatever you want, consider packing medicine for heartburn, bloating, gas, and nausea – or whatever has been bugging you the most.
Long road trips can be uncomfortable, especially when you’re further along in your pregnancy. We hope these tips can help you enjoy your holiday even more. However, as with any mode of travel, it’s important to talk with your healthcare provider before you hit the road. And, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments!