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Summer travel?

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If you’re thinking about taking a long trip during your pregnancy, you might want to check out these tips to make your travels more comfortable for you and possibly safer for you and your baby.

Courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association:

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* Wear comfortable, loose clothing and comfortable shoes. (Pay close attention to that last word. Comfy shoes are everything!)

* Take things to make you more comfortable, like a pillow from home and some snacks that satisfy you.And water, water, water.

 

* If you’re driving, stop to get up and stretch often and take plenty of bathroom breaks. (Um, hello? I have never met a pregnant lady who skipped very many pit stop opportunities!)

* Always take your prenatal records with you on the road. ( The purple card…your best friend on the road!)

* Be safe: Wear your seat belt. Belt it under the bump, so it is firm against your hip bones. see this quick video
(It might be uncomfortable, but a bit of discomfort is vastly preferable to the injuries an unbelted pregnant woman — and her baby — could sustain in an accident!)

* Travel during the second trimester is usually most comfortable — after morning sickness has passed and the fatigue of the third trimester is still ahead.

Also, be sure to check with your doctor or midwife before you leave for an out-of-town trip. If your pregnancy is high risk, you have certain complications, or you’re nearing your due date, you may be advised to postpone your trip until after your baby is born.

Happy Travels!

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