Check in with your obstetrician. Make sure that you’re clear to travel based on the stage, progression and risk level of your pregnancy. Also, make sure you have all necessary phone numbers on hand, such as after-hour contacts for your physician.
Choose convenience. Luckily we live in an age where most destinations you choose will have necessary accommodations like internet or phone access and even access to medical facilities. Still, be conscious when booking of where your hotel is located; is it a short walk into town, or is there a shuttle that will conveniently get you everywhere you need to go? Does the spa you want to go to accommodate pregnant women? Try to plan ahead so you don’t sweat it when you arrive. Convenience matters when you’re carrying.
Check travel alerts. If you're thinking about taking a cruise, you should probably read up about norovirus. If you're thinking about heading to the Dominican Republic, you should probably learn more about Cholera. How do you know what health issues you should look into before you go? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a great travel section on their website with the latest health information and cautions based on your destination. The drop down menu lets you choose the country or state you are traveling to, and a checklist let's you choose the type of traveler you are -- in this case, "pregnant."
Know your limits. So we had to write off ziplining. But I was still at the stage in my pregnancy where I could snorkel without going belly up, and could still keep up with a group hike through the jungle. Even if I didn’t get to do all those things, it wouldn’t have mattered to us. One of the biggest mistakes many couples make is feeling like they have to go all out before they go all in. The goal of a babymoon is to spend time with your partner. Don’t overthink it. It’s likely not the last trip you’ll ever take, nor will it be the last alone time you’ll ever have together ever again (though the first few weeks postpartum may have you thinking as much).
Low humidity on airplanes can cause you to get dehydrated much faster than a
car or train ride. Don’t be shy to ask the flight attendant for refills on your
drink -- sadly, it’s one of the only few things left in air travel that’s
“free.” If you’re driving to your destination, make sure to fill up your water
bottle and keep drinking. It may mean more pit stops along the way, but you’ll
likely feel the need to get up and stretch it out anyway.
Keep moving. No matter what mode of travel, make sure to take a break from sitting to walk around and stretch. That will help ease the ankle swelling a bit and keep you as comfortable as possible. The
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