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August 5, 2016

7 Tips for Summer Travel While Pregnant

Tips for Summer Travel While Pregnant

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Traveling in the summer and traveling while you’re pregnant require a little extra planning, but neither of them — even when combined — should keep you from having a great trip.

Here are some ideas to make your — and your baby’s — journey safe.

1. Drink lots of water

That, of course, also means lots of potty stops. If you’re driving — as opposed to flying — you’ll have more control over how often you stop. But don’t let the extra call of nature put a damper on your hydration habits. Dehydration can bring on preterm labor — not a fun way to spend a vacation. Plus, a bathroom break gives you a chance to stretch your legs and back.

2. Strike a pose

Whether in the airport, at a gas station or in a roadside park, a few gentle prenatal yoga poses will help ease travel discomfort, oxygenate your blood and refresh your spirit.

3. Play it safe

People traveling tend to try new things. Although pregnant women can safely do most activities, learning a high-risk activity while your body is constantly changing balance points isn’t worth it. According to WebMD, “The risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to activities requiring a lot of balance, such as skiing and horseback riding.” In general, avoid high-impact activities for a few more months.

4. Be a picky eater

Especially if you’re traveling abroad, take extra precaution when it comes to what you eat and drink. The American Pregnancy Association recommends avoiding all fresh fruits or vegetables unless they can be cooked or peeled (like an orange) and being sure all meat and fish have been thoroughly cooked.

And if you’re driving, keep your stomach in mind. That gas station hot dog may not sit well after three hours in a rumbling car.

5. Talk to your doctor

Get your doctor’s green light before you leave and bring a copy of your prenatal medical records. Even though it’s not likely you will need them, if for some reason you end up in a medical care facility, you will want your provider to have the same information that your doctor back home would have. Scout out your destination beforehand. Know where a trusted medical facility is — just in case.

6. Travel in comfort

Bring snacks, water and your favorite pillow. Wear clothes that don’t bind and shoes that don’t pinch. In every case, opt for comfort.

7. Enjoy the journey

You’re on vacation! Don’t put extra pressure on yourself of hard-to-meet deadlines or connections. Don’t feel like you need to be on-the-go all the time. Rest, relax, journal and read.

Getting good medical care before, during and after your pregnancy — whether you’re traveling or not — gives you peace of mind and helps to keep your growing family healthy. For questions, more information or to schedule a free tour of Salt Lake Regional’s Women’s Center, please call 801-350-4078.