Tips and Tricks to Take to Heart…and Belly
Travel is a powerful outlet. For some, it’s the ultimate route for connecting professionally. For others, the opportunity to venture out and discover new places is irresistible. Whatever the motivation may be, travel is an integral part of life. Once upon a time, travel seemed simple…then 2020 happened.
It’s fair to say that COVID-19 roared onto the global scene with a vengeance. Amongst the many disappointments this pandemic has left in its wake is a long list of unrealized travel plans. As health and safety concerns continue to grip the world, travel has understandably fallen to the wayside. So… what do you do when wanderlust comes calling during a pandemic or your job still requires you to travel? What if, on top of it all, you happen to be pregnant during this unprecedented time?
The Pandemic Possibilities
The good news is that while questions surrounding the logistics of traveling pregnant during a pandemic are very real, so are the options for making it work. Whether it’s a trip planned in the name of pre-baby wanderlust or work responsibilities that can’t be canceled, traveling pregnant can be tricky. Successfully and safely navigating the open road or skies in 2020 means taking some new, and important factors to heart. If you’re willing to perfect the art of pandemic traveling, you might just find that this time of transition for your growing family comes with many roads of possibility.
Track the COVID Map
As of October 2020, the CDC puts pregnant women squarely in the high-risk group for COVID-19 complications. This means it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on the COVID map before heading out of town. The map is updated regularly with current information on national hot spots, helping pregnant travelers avoid more dangerous routes and destinations.
Once your destination is set, make sure your prenatal medical records are the first thing packed in the suitcase. The second trimester is generally the most stable time to travel while pregnant, but adjusting travel dates isn’t always an option. In the event of unexpected pregnancy complications during your journey, you’ll need to have your documents handy and local hospitals identified at your final destination.
Grab Those Compression Garments
Wearing a mask while traveling pregnant in a pandemic is a must, but compression garments are just as important. During pregnancy, the risk of developing blood clots rises significantly. Time spent traveling comes with its own set of heightened risks. Keep circulation strong and your body and baby healthy during travel by investing in a quality pair of compression stocking and sleeves for the road or skies.
Pack What You Crave
In a normal year, traveling pregnant would come with plenty of fast food and favorite restaurant stops. 2020 has taken many of these savory options off the table. Instead, women traveling pregnant during the pandemic will want to make time to pack customized meals before setting off. Cater to cravings so satisfying meals are readily available when you want them. Doing this keeps blood sugar in check while reducing the risk of connecting with germs and bacteria found at restaurants that happen to be open. Consider pairing each meal with spray sanitizer to clean up surfaces before you dig in and give hands the cleansing they deserve afterward.
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Caitlyn Knuth is a professional writer with a passion for all things wellness and travel. She enjoys sharing her adventures abroad as well as insight on health, beauty, and fitness as a way of connecting with others from across the globe.
This article provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment.
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