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Traveling while pregnant can be a bit of a challenge. We just got back from our baby moon to Washington, D.C. this week. Sadly, we ended up having to cut our trip short due to uncertainties about Hurricane Florence.
I made it through the trip – barely – with my sanity intact, so I figured I’d share some tips with you to help make your trip a little easier!
This part of our trip was never a question. My husband will not fly. So road trip it was. There are some things to keep in mind while driving long distances, though.
- Stop every two hours.
You’re gonna to have to pee anyway, and you need to stretch your legs to prevent blood clots.
- Take an insulated water bottle to keep your water cold.
If you like it cold, that is. Not only that, water starts to taste funny when you leave it in a hot car. You can get the one I use at the link above!
- Drink the water!
Don’t forget to drink the water in your water bottle! Still important, and you’ll be stopping frequently so no need to worry about drinking too much.
- Have fun – get the twizzlers.
As long as you’re not diabetic, have a little fun and get some snacks for the road. You’re on vacation after all. Just don’t overdo it and of course – drink plenty of water.
For more helpful items to get you through your pregnancy and beyond, check out my Ultimate Pregnancy Checklist!
If you’re planning on doing some exploring where ever you’re going, heed these warnings!
- Wear comfy shoes.
I bought new flip-flops two weeks before my trip. They seemed comfortable on short walks, but ended up hurting my feet really badly after walking for a long time. Make sure you have worn your shoes for a while and that you know you’ll be comfortable in them. Tennis shoes would have been smarter, but I couldn’t get them on with my belly in the way!
- Plan for the weather.
It was rainy and slightly cold the whole time we were in DC! It started out being 65 degrees and then warmed to the 70s by the end of the trip. We brought shorts and flip flops of course so we were a little cold initially. We thankfully had umbrellas, but our hands got tired and we had trouble taking pictures due to having to manage the umbrellas. Ponchos would have been a better idea. I took sun block but never used it!
- Wear a belly brace.
Seriously. I felt the difference in my back when I wore it and when I forgot to wear it. You sort of forget how heavy your belly is until you’ve been walking for more than 20 minutes. You can get the one I use at the link above! I love this thing so much it’s one of the two products I don’t want to live without!
- Know your transportation options.
Before we went to DC, neither of us had ever used Uber. It was such a blessing to get a ride back to our AirBnB after walking over an hour in the rain and another hour in a museum. I was so tired. We also ended up using bikes in DC after realizing I was about to pass out from heat exhaustion. Just make sure you know what the options are and don’t be too proud to use them.
- Keep it simple.
When I first started planning this trip, I had us visiting several places every day. The truth is, I was tired after about 3-4 hours of exploring and we were always home by 4pm. Don’t get too excited – take it easy and remember to schedule some time for relaxation.
The last thing I want to say is, make sure you’re staying somewhere comfortable. I was honestly very happy to be cutting my trip short because the AirBnB we chose was cute, but not super comfortable. The couch was super hard, so we spent a lot of time chilling in bed. The bed was OK, but I missed mine by the end of it. It was also in a sketchy part of town, so I was always on edge.
All I’m saying is, it might be worth the extra money to get a nice, comfy hotel.
Where are you planning on traveling while pregnant? Wanna share some tips with your pregnant sisters? Comment below!