Traveling Tips While You’re Expecting (Part 1 of 4)

 

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My husband and I travel constantly, for work and pleasure. From trips around the US to visit family, friends or music festivals to yearly overseas adventures. Traveling is in our blood and part of our monthly routine.

When we found out we were expecting our first child, everyone told us to say goodbye to our passport, as we’ll be grounded for the next 18 years. They said, “Traveling with kids is a nightmare. It’s impossible!” We dumbly nodded in agreement, but over the last 2+ years, we’ve been subtly proving them wrong. Our kiddo loves planes, trains and automobiles, not to mention escalators, elevators and moving walkways.

This is a 3-part series: traveling while expecting, traveling with an infant and traveling with a toddler. While I can predict what traveling with young children and teenagers will be like, I’m not qualified (yet!). If you have your own tips, please share your comments below.

While pregnant, I continued to travel monthly. This included relocating from Los Angeles to Denver and a trip to Taiwan to visit family.

Here are a few tips I learned along the way:

  • Doctor’s Note: Always get your doctor’s approval prior to traveling and keep a copy of their written approval in your purse. Some airlines will not allow you to fly if you look “too pregnant”. (I learned the hard way).
  • Water: You know it’s best to stay hydrated, but those the little plastic cups of free water is not enough. Be sure to buy a big bottle at the airport or, better yet, bring your own.
  • Healthy Snacks: Ease unpredictable hunger pains. I’m a fan of mini KIND bars, RAW Revolution Organic Mini Bars, Trader Joe’s Omega Trail Mix “handfuls”, organic apples, greek yogurt, string cheese or crackers to help with nausea.
  • Vitamins: Pack them in your carry on to be safe.
  • Aisle Seat:  We all enjoy the window seat, but it’s best to take the aisle when flying longer than an hour for quick access to the restroom and to stretch.
  • OB’s Digits:  Be sure to have your OB’s number handy. If possible, get a doctor recommendation at your destination in case you run into problems after you arrive.
  • Help Please!: Your luggage is heavy; kindly ask for help lifting it.

Naps and mindless entertainment are also highly recommended. Take your time and enjoy the ride. – Bri

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