It’s the holidays! It’s time to travel back home to see family and friends. Maybe it’s the perfect time for a babymoon. …But, what about the bump?
Traveling while pregnant is usually easier than traveling once baby is here so if you’re feeling good and your doctor or midwife gives the ok, then go for it. That said, it is always important to check with your care providers about any travel restrictions and with your airline, as well. Some airlines require a “Fit to Fly” letter from your care providers and restrict travel at some certain number of weeks pregnant.
When traveling it is always important to be sure you are well-hydrated and you allow breaks to stretch. I know, I know… drinking extra water means going to the louvre more often but isn’t that better than spending your holiday in an Emergency Room getting IV fluids to stop preterm labor? Dehydration is the number one cause of preterm labor, a condition that could be avoided.
Take advantage of those extra bathroom breaks to get your stretches in. Walk the long way from the car to the restroom at the rest stop. On a plane, stand in the aisle, when it is safe to do so, of course; and do some hip circles or figure eights. No matter what, get the blood flowing.
When the body is stagnant in a car bucket seat or a tight airplane seat, the flow of fluid and blood doesn’t move through your body, therefore causing swelling in your joints, hands, and feet.
When you get to your destination, and back home after your travel, elevate your feet. Do this by propping your pelvis on a pillow, with your lower back free, and feet to the wall. Rest here for 5 minutes at a time to reduce swelling.
Sip some warm water with lemon or tea, such as ginger, mint, or chamomile.