Tips for a Safe Vacation When Pregnant

Whether you are going on a babymoon or want to get away from city life, there is nothing wrong with taking a vacation during your pregnancy. In fact, a majority of women go on vacation during their nine-month of pregnancy. If you have a low-risk pregnancy, it is pretty safe to travel during pregnancy. Many parents want to take the opportunity to travel and relax before the exhausting time to take care of a newborn starts.

There are certain things that you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and book yourself and your partner Kerala tour packages or a package for an international destination for your vacation. Here are some of the tips that will allow you to be more comfortable and stay safe on vacation –

Time Your Vacation Right

It is always advised to go on vacation while pregnant during the second trimester. Most women suffer from nausea during the first trimester that can make it difficult to plan long trips. Also, most doctors advise against traveling during the third trimester, especially if you are having a risky pregnancy. However, if you have a healthy pregnancy, there is no reason why you cannot travel until the month to your due date.

Choose Your Destination Wisely

You need to pick something close to where you live so that you do not have to spend time on flights. Thus, it is best to choose a national package where you can arrive at your destination within a period of one to two hours flights. In addition, you should avoid visiting hill stations as they can take a toll on your health. The best option would be to a beach city where you can relax. You also need to ensure that you have access to safe drinking water, has good quality air, and there is no risk of foodborne diseases.

Apply Common Sense when Picking Activities

While it may sound stupid, it is important that you pick activities that will not put you at high risk such as waterskiing, scuba diving or park rides. You should not indulge in activities where there is any sudden acceleration or stops. You should also give saunas and hot tubs a miss as extreme heat can harm your baby. If you are not sure if an activity is good for you, you should consult with your doctor to find if an activity is safe for you.

Take Frequent Breaks

You might feel more tired than you usually do. Even if you feel active, it is best to take short breaks and not over-indulge. Your body will be working hard for the baby, and carrying the extra weight will be tough for you. So, there is nothing wrong in sitting down once in a while and put your feet up whenever you can. A small snack, some water, and a break can make you feel comfortable and allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Do not be embarrassed to ask the tour leader for a break and take some rest.

Eat Healthy Food

Traveling a great way to try out different cuisines, but when you are pregnant, it is important to take a few precautions. It is much easier to eat healthy food when you are traveling. You need to include more fruits and vegetables to your diet so that you can get more minerals and vitamins. It is also a good idea to pack healthy snacks that you can eat in case you do not get access to food that you like. It is also important to drink plenty of water so that you remain hydrated.

Carry a Medical Portfolio for Safety

It is essential that you travel with a medical portfolio so that if something goes wrong, the emergency responders will know what to expect and if you have any allergies. People around you should know that you are pregnant and about your health, if you are not in a position to speak. Always have the number of your doctor on speed dial so that you can reach out to him or her in case of an emergency.

When you go on vacation, you will find other people addressing your bump. People will treat you with extra kindness. Instead of being embarrassed, enjoy the attention and the pampering. Do not feel shy to accept seats or any help when offered to you. You and your partner will be able to have a fun and relaxing holiday with a few precautions. Once you return, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the role of a new mom.

Waiting in the waiting room – A visit to doctor’s office

My daughters and I had our first visit to the doctor’s office in Tervuren, Belgium yesterday. Good thing the doctor is within walking distance, very close to my daughter’s school. Here (or at least with this doctor) you don’t need any appointment. Just show up at his door whenever you are sick and need some treatment. Ofcourse it has to be within his working hours…very convenient I thought.
When we got inside his office, I thought I would at least see a receptionist/clark/cashier…something. But here the doctor does everything all by himself. No need to carry your insurance card all the time. You just pay a small amount of cash (23 euros in our case), get a receipt and that’s it. Ofcourse we will file all the claims every few months to our insurance company for reimbusement.
Back in the states I always thought going to a doc’s office is a big deal. First you have to find a doctor within your network (depending on your insurance benefit), then you have to show up 5/10 minutes early, depending on the paperworks, bunch of forms that you have to fill out before you get the treatments, then stand in the line with your insurance card, pay the co-payment, sometimes doctor’s office will bill you if any portion of the claim wasn’t paid by the insurance company. Not to mention, you are never call inside the office right when you have the appointment time (never understood, why do they give us appoinments if they can’t keep it). But I thought in Belgium (or may be all over Europe) going to a docter is very hassel free and rather an easy process. Even though there is no appointment system, usually you will get to see the doctor within 30 minutes (usually a lot less) of your arrival. Another good thing is that same doctor will see our whole family…yeppie. No need to find multiple docters within our network. Never enjoyed going to a doctor before… 🙂

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