Let's face it: These next few months are probably your last chance for some real alone time with your mate for quite a while. Many couples indulge by enjoying the last bit of sanity in their own homes, but if you're one of us that plans to get the heck out of town (and maybe get a little pampering while we have the excuse), here are a few tips to keep you safe and happy on your last big child-free getaway (aka "babymoon"):
1. Agree on the Location
Make sure the destination appeals to you both so you can relax and enjoy your time together. Make sure it is not too remote in case you have any complications with your pregnancy. I was stuck on an Island in Fiji in a massive storm when I was pregnant with my 3rd - thank goodness I did not have any complications otherwise I would of been in serious trouble!
2. Minimise Travel Time
Enduring a long flight or 10 hour car ride is no way to start a relaxing trip. Make sure you choose a location that won’t require too much effort.
3. Travel Now! (2nd Trimester)
The second trimester should be the most comfortable time to travel. By now, the nausea of the first trimester is hopefully a distant memory and you aren't quite as uncomfortable as you will be in a few weeks.The safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks.
4. Talk to your doctor first before you book
Traveling presents a new set of hurdles when you’re pregnant. The most important thing is safety,so make sure you speak with your doctor before booking that trip to Madagascar. (Especially if you are carrying multiples or are considered "high risk," don't be too disappointed if your doc wants to keep you close to home.)
5. Check Out Medical Facilities
When researching locations, find out if they have access to quality medical facilities near the area (just in case). Write down the contact info for nearby hospitals to keep on hand as you travel, along with a number for contacting your OB.
6. Check Restrictions
If you’re flying, check with the airline to be sure they'll let you on the plane! Most physicians say it’s safe to fly up to 36 weeks, but airlines have varying restrictions, including different policies for domestic and international travel. I once flew a pregnant model to a photo shoot in New Zealand from Australia. The airline flying her over was fine but on the way back it was another airline and they would not fly her her back! Whoops, I only checked the first one. Lucky another airline came to the rescue!!!
7. Wear Your Seatbelt Low
If you’re driving, wear the seatbelt with the shoulder portion over the collarbone and the lap portion under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips. You’ll save yourself and your belly from hitting the dashboard in the event of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also recommends moving your seat as far back as possible (and tilting it back slightly) to maximize the distance between you and the dashboard or steering wheel.
8. Cruising? Not Without a Doctor!
If you plan on taking to the seas, make sure there is a health care provider on board. Many smaller ships (fewer than 100 passengers) don't have medical personnel on staff.
9. Keep Your Blood Pumping
No matter how you're traveling, try to get up and move around every hour or two to aid circulation, and try not to cross your legs - you'll lessen the risk of blood clots. Keeping your tootsies elevated will also help out by preventing swelling and leg cramps and keep hydrated.
10. Wear Comfortable Clothing
Planning your maternity travel wardrobe is essential not only for your flight or car trip but when you get there too! You don't want to pack your fav shorts in the hope you will be able to squeeze into them, make sure you invest in a a few basics and and some gorgeous dresses, somewhere warm - don't forget your swimmers!
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