Travelling, however enjoyable, can also be quite stressful.
Making sure everything is packed, that your case isn’t too heavy, that you have all the documents you need and that you leave yourself enough time to get to the airport on time.
Yes, it can be a lot.
Even more so when you’re pregnant.
With babymoons becoming more and more popular among expectant mums, we’re going to try and make the experience a little easier by sharing six tips for travelling while pregnant.
1. Aisle seat
Whether you are located at the front of the plane or at the back, try to reserve the aisle seat. This way you will be able to get up a lot easier when you have to go to the bathroom without disturbing others and it will also mean you will be able to stretch your legs when you are starting to feel cramped.
2. Wear comfy clothes
This goes without saying. A pair of leggings and a loose fitting top will mean you will feel a little less restricted and be able to move around a lot more freely. Alternatively, wear a long maxi dress and layer on your clothing because a flight can get quite cold.
3. Take off your shoes
Take off your shoes whether or not you have your flight socks on. Try to put your legs either stretched out in front of you or put your hand luggage on the ground and rest your feet on them. Move your toes around to keep the blood flowing.
Flip flops are great, as it means you can pop your travel socks on whenever you can.
4. Eat sensibly
Junk food is always tempting when at an airport but try and avoid it. Instead, prepare your body for the journey by eating light and drinking lots of water.
Be prepared and pack snacks in your hand luggage that are healthy and will give you energy such as fruit or a bag of mixed nuts and seeds. This way you won’t be tempted to buy junk food at the airport or on the plane.
Fresh varied fruit provides the body with antioxidants. These antioxidants are used to protect us at a cellular level from damage associated with travelling at high altitude and from excess UV exposure.
5. Sun bathing
Lying on sun beds in the later stages of pregnancy is not easy and can be very uncomfortable. Lie your bed flat and use plenty of cushions for support. Lying on your side will make you more comfortable. Getting up and down by pushing up from side lying is much easier.
Make sure you remember to rest. On holiday you might feel like doing lots of different things but rest is important when you’re pregnant. Half an hour in the afternoon will give you energy to stay up a little later and enjoy the holiday.