Women today take pregnancy in their stride and continue to work and enjoy everyday activities. Pregnancy does not mean termination of all work and play. If you plan carefully you can enjoy all activities throughout the pregnancy and travel for work and pleasure without experiencing any difficulties.
Here are a few tips:
• Avoid stress by leaving quite early for the airport. To alleviate rushing across terminals or parking lots have a friend drop you to the airport. Find out whether the travel agent or airline has pick ups and drops for special passengers. Travel light and only pack what you really need. Use a bag with wheels or buy a fold-up luggage rack.
• Keep your sense of humor and wits with you at all times. Eat a light meal before leaving for the airport and listen to music or read a book you love. A full stomach and happy frame of mind will ensure that you view all hassles like long queues, uncomfortable chairs, and tedious walks as a part of life. Avoid coffee and other caffeine filled beverages, these will just stretch your nerves and make things difficult.
• Plan your schedule well such that you avoid depletion of energy. Give yourself time to eat on time, catch forty winks, and to put your feet up. Quite times are crucial to pregnant women so weave in time for a long bath, reading on the beach, a leisurely walk in the garden or a slow swim. Things that relax and energize you.
• Eat well and balanced meals. Never ignore hunger pangs. Carry in your bag plenty of portable snacks, dried fruits, nuts, crackers, cereal bars, and small bottles of juice or water, fresh fruit and so on. To prevent dehydration when flying drink plenty of fluids this will prevent swollen feet and ankles. Eat 4-6 small meals a day. Ask your doctor whether you need vitamin and mineral supplements. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. When you eat light meals you will prevent uneasiness and heartburn. Suck a mint as this will quell queasiness.
• Make time to visit the toilet. Go before you board the plane and also after you deplane. If the flight is short then this will alleviate the need to use the toilet on the plane. If you are flying a long haul choose a flight that has a stop over or break the journey such that you get a breather. Ask for an aisle seat so that you can visit the toilet or stretch your cramped legs without being a nuisance to others.
• Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Keep the blood circulation going by walking down the aisle and doing simple stretch exercises while seated. Rotate your ankles and stretch your feet as well as wriggle your toes. Shoes must be supportive, use flat ones or trainers. Use blister pads to increase comfort. Slip on shoes is the best as you can remove them when seated.
• Do a few breathing exercises and try and meditate everyday. This will keep you calm and collected and ensure that plenty of oxygen reaches all the cells of your body.
Traveling when pregnant can be eased by taking sensible steps. It is safe to fly when pregnant Just carry your medical records, medicines, and first aid kit with you. Wear beautifully styled yet comfortable clothes and avoid carrying heavy luggage. Talk to your doctor before taking a trip; do ask about immunizations as well as medications you should carry. Make comfortable arrangements and you will enjoy your pregnancy.
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