You’ve had that positive pregnancy test, but do you know the rules about travel for your first trimester holiday? Here are some top tips to put your mind at ease
Are you suffering from morning sickness and headaches and finding it hard to concentrate at work? A weekend away in your first trimester could be just what the doctor ordered! For most pregnancies it’s perfectly safe to travel in your first trimester, but a little bit of pregnancy pre-planning can go a long way. There are only nine months until your world is going to be turned upside down, so it’s time to get the first trimester holiday in before two becomes three.
Before you go on your first trimester holiday
Visit your doctor before you book your trip as they might have some no-go destinations in mind (find out more about zika virus here). Here are a few useful questions to ask your doctor or midwife:
– What destinations should be avoided and why?
– What activities should be avoided and why?
– What food and drink should be avoided and why?
– What pregnancy vitamins should you be taking?
– What medicines are safe to take for heartburn, thrush, constipation, food poisoning etc?
– What vaccinations do you need and which ones are not recommended?
– What are the most common pregnancy complications and what do I need to look out for?
– What to do if you suspect you are miscarrying?
– Any tips for long flights?
– Suggested morning sickness remedies?
How to tackle morning sickness when travelling
Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy that has been known to affect over half of all expectant mums. The cause is due to a combination of high oestrogen levels and a drop in blood sugar. It’s tricky to stop it all together, but a few tips can stop it from ruining your trip. Whether you’re travelling by air, car or sea these handy helpers may prevent morning sickness from making you miserable.
- Stay clear of noxious odors – Certain smells will turn your tummy, so try to avoid any wiffy encounters if you can.
- Bring anti-nausea aids – Carry ginger lollies and peppermint tea with you on your travels – these combat nausea by soothing and settling the stomach. If you’re feeling the burn of acid reflux – reach for some Rennie. A handful of almonds have also been known to combat the fire of acid reflux.
- Medical treatments: If herbal remedies aren’t cutting it, it may be time to try over the counter medications like Emetrol (a non-prescription medication that’s safe for nausea). Anti-histamines can also be used to treat nausea as well as vitamin B6. Then there are the prescriptions meds like Zofran, Compazine and Phenergan. Always discuss any medications and potential side effects with your doctor.
- Keep hydrated – It’s more essential than ever to stay hydrated, as your body needs more water to cope with the demands of pregnancy. This is especially crucial in warmer climates.
- Avoid rich foods – Eat little and often, and stick to carb heavy meals. Spicy, rich or creamy food can irritate the stomach lining.
- Keep active – You might be feeling sluggish but being physically active has been found to improve the symptoms of morning sickness. Avoid intense aerobic sessions and opt for slow, leisurely walks or gentle yoga.
- Comfort is everything – Go for loose, natural fibred clothing with plenty of extra room. Give the strappy sandals a miss and choose supportive, non-restrictive shoes. Your feet will thank you.
- Get into a good book – Distraction is key. If you’re a chick-lit gal now may not be the time for a historical melodrama. With your hormone levels skyrocketing and a dodgy tummy to deal with a good laugh may be the perfect remedy. Try light-hearted page turners from authors like Marian Keyes and Liane Moriarty.
Sickness tips for travelling by plane
- Seatbelt safety – For optimum comfort and safety, your seat belt should be fastened across the thighs and below the belly. You’re probably not going to need them in your first 12 weeks, but seatbelt extenders are available from the cabin crew on-board if you need the extra space.
- Stock up: Request extra sick bags if you’re feeling queasy when the seatbelt sign is turned on and you can’t make it to the restroom. It may sound ghastly but you’ll thank yourself later!
- Sit strategically: If you can request a seat near the loo but not so close that foul odours can upset your stomach.
- Come prepared: Whether it’s ginger lollies or anti-nausea medication, it’s vital that all your remedies are easily accessible. An organised travel kit can ease your symptoms and offer you peace of mind.
- Bump in the flight: If turbulence sends your tummy in twists request a seat closer to the front of the plane where the air is slightly smoother. If you’re simple ravaged with nerves a good understanding of flight mechanics and lots of deep breathing can help.
- Second Trimester: What to Expect at 14 to 28 Weeks
- Neev Spencer’s All Things Motherhood
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