My Pregnancy - How to Travel during Your Pregnancy Stress free – Flight, Road and Train
brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are
celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Khyati Gulati Tiwari
for introducing me. I loved her blog http://kgtspassionatepursuits.blogspot.in on
the prompt for today – ‘My Pregnancy'
I was a stressed out person.
Presentations used to stress me out. Office reviews used to stress me out.
Setting an alarm to wake up the next morning used to stress me out. Why someone
wasn’t responding to my messages used to stress me out. And then I got
I realised that stress was my
enemy ( not that I didn’t know that before! ) but now I just HAD TO make a
concerted effort to keep myself calm. And somehow things changed when I got
pregnant. I realised how trivial the things that I would stress about earlier actually
I absolutely loved my pregnancy! (I preferred baby-in than baby-out especially in
the first few months postpartum! ) My
Pregnancy was one of the smoothest I felt it could be. It
gave me something big to look forward to.
So rather than bore you with the
ins and outs of my 9 months of pregnancy I thought I would give some first-hand
experience on :
“How to Travel during Your Pregnancy Stress free – Flight, Road and Train”
I did an overseas trip in my
first trimester ( Flight ) , a Road trip
in my second trimester (Car ) and travelled to my hometown in my third trimester
(International flights ):
Prepared for Nausea – ask the flight attendant for puke bags! Ask you partner
travelling with you to ask the attendant for some more.
light before the flight and if it’s a long trip and you need to eat on board
again, choose items that are light and easily digestible and not too heavy and
not to gassy ( eg. Beans / cabbage etc ) .
Hydrated – Keep water on hand at all times.
out during the flight. Walk about once in a while. Do some feet exercises while
seated. Just to get that blood circulation going.
love window seats so I sat at the window for all the flights we took also
because my partner was in the seat next to mine so I didn’t have to worry about
disturbing him. But if you have strangers next to you and you don’t want to be
too much of a bother then choose an aisle seat. It helps because you may need
to visit the washroom more than once.
say the smoothest rides are felt when you have a seat in the center of the
aircraft ( over the wing ) . I didn’t, but there’s no harm in requesting one.
comfortable clothes. Wear layers. I felt extremely warm during my flights but
carry a stole or a jacket as a precaution even though you may not need them at
your entertainment with you. I had my earphones and music loaded at all times
and a book to read. Or just snooze it out. You need a lot of rest during your
pregnancy so make the most of it when you can.
long stopovers at international locations first find out where your connecting
flight gate is going to be and then hunt around for comfortable seating nearby.
Some airports have lounges which are very comfortable so you can check in there
sure you keep track of the time. I changed my cell phone clock to the local time
as soon I as land.
in doubt – Ask! Don’t hesitate to ask for help at anytime , anywhere!
not to travel on a plane post your 36 week of pregnancy. The second trimester
is usually the best time to travel as you would have sailed through your
morning sickness phase and also chances of miscarriage are lower.
Road ( Indian highways ) :
the route beforehand and decide in advance where you will be stopping for
breaks. You can skip a place if you feel you’re making good time but it’s good
to know in advance what’s available.
your own healthy snacks and bites to eat enroute. Make sandwiches or carry a
salad and some biscuits before you leave home.
lots of drinking water. Try and avoid coffee and tea.
extra of everything especially clothing and toilet paper and panty-liners.
sanitizer is a must and wet wipes.
your music loaded up and ready for the journey because if you’re like me then
you’ll want to be singing and humming to keep yourself entertained while you
look around at the scenery as it passes you by.
a torch and some extra batteries.
your mobile charger and keep your cell charged to 100% when you start off
especially if you’re using GPS for travel.
a neckpillow and some cushions for your lower back. And even if you’re dozing
off at the back do ensure your seat belt is fastened.
Sunscreen and shades to keep the glare away.
and enjoy the journey. Being positive is key.
( Indian Railways ) :
of the same stuff from the road trip holds good for this. Carry some good
reading material as well.
journey was just over 24 hours and I did it at 33 weeks of pregnancy. I was
lucky I wasn’t carrying very heavy so I managed well but if you are pretty big
then make sure you take help when going to the washroom. On a running train
this can be a little tricky.
your own comfortable bedding including pillows as the ones provided on the
trains are very tiny and flat. I carried
my own bolster which was a big help to cuddle up to at night and served as as a
good lower back support during the day when you’re seated.
for a lower seat especially for sleeping and snooze during the day as well
whenever you can.
lift anything heavy.
early for your train so you have time to find your coach position and seat and
settle in well before the train starts moving.
packing your own food as much as possible to avoid eating the train food
although the smells and sounds sometimes make this impossible choose wisely
from the various snacks that come around with the vendors. Be careful not to
try food which will cause you to have an upset tummy!
be a hero and jump off and on at platforms of stations which stop. If you want
to stretch out choose a station where you know the halt will be at least 10
minutes. You can use the IRCTC APP to figure this out.
the view and just relax.
All in all I enjoyed each of my
journeys right through my pregnancy -absolutely stress free and I hope this works as a concise checklist