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If you are an expectant mum for the first time, then it may well be worthwhile considering have one last holiday away, just you and your partner. This may be the last one that you get for quite some time! With the world seeming to be getting smaller and travel has opened up so much around the globe, you are spoilt for choice as to where you can go and enjoy yourself before having another little person to concentrate most of your time and effort on. From staying in a caravan a few hundred miles away, visiting Europe or going to further climbs such as South East Asia, where ever you go you will need to make sure that you look after yourself whilst you are travelling and do not over do things.
- Rest as and when required
- Try and also remain active on long haul journeys and move about
- Where appropriate clothing and footwear
- Drink bottled water
- Try the local cuisine but be careful with what you eat
All depending on how far into your pregnancy you are you may have to get a doctors permission in order to fly or use a ferry. If you do travel on a plane, especially on a long haul flight, make sure that you dress comfortably which includes good supportive and comfortable shoes. Make sure that you drink plenty of water as the air conditioning can dehydrate you somewhat. If possible try sleeping for as much of the journey as you can but also make sure that you get up and walk around a bit to get your circulation going as well. Remove shoes and socks when sat in your chair and bring along a cushion with you to get yourself comfortable. Even if you are going away in your car, you should still take plenty or rest stops where you can walk about, use the bathroom and get some refreshments as well. If you try and travel in as relaxed a fashion as you can, then this will help you not to feel as tired when you ultimately reach your destination.
You will need to make sure that you take the correct clothing with you when you are going away also. You should check the local climate of where you are travelling to if you are going abroad and see what the weather is like at the time of your when you will be going. If in a warmer climate then you may want to purchase yourself some good quality 100% cotton cheap maternity clothes online in order to keep cool in warmer climates. Also make sure that you get lighter colours which will help keep the mosquitoes away. If going away in a colder climate then make sure that you take plenty of warm clothes with you. Lots of thinner layers are best as you can remove these easily if you get too warm. Gloves, hats and scarves are also a must for a colder climate to stop your extremities getting cold. Whatever climate you go away in you should always have some comfortable footwear which is also practical.
If you are travelling abroad then you may want to stick to bottled water and no ice in your drinks. This can help you contracting stomach bugs which may hinder your holiday. Also foods that you order may be washed in tap water so you have to take this into consideration and you may wish to avoid salads. You may have a strong constitution though so can happily deal with this. Different woman get different feelings during their pregnancy and food can affect them in different ways. So be adventurous but do not go too far in trying new things if you have an adverse reaction and start feeling ill. It is worth while speaking to your doctor before you go away and let them know the country that you are going to, they will be able to recommend some over the counter medicine which can help combat minor illness’s when you are abroad.
Enjoy yourself, but not too much!
Remember above all to enjoy yourself and have a great time as once you bundle of joy appears, you will still have great holidays but they will be different as you have to cater to their needs and desires as well as your own. Enjoy the freedom of being able to do what you want and go where you want to whilst you can. Make sure that you do not overdo things though and take plenty of rests if you have a very hectic schedule planned. If you do feel unwell at all and the symptoms persist, then you should consult a doctor straight away. So always make sure you have travel insurance as well!
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This article was written by Deane Schwarz on behalf of Bump Baby and Beyond. You can find plenty of good quality and cheap maternity clothes from Bump Baby and Beyond and great prices as well. Deane enjoys travelling with her son and writing about their adventures together in her blog.