Monday, April 5, 2010

{my 10 preggo travel tips}

For all of you taking trips, babymoons, etc. during your pregnancy, I present you with this list of tips I wish I knew before flying almost 12,000 miles to Japan and back. Yes

  1. Pre-board if you feel you need the extra time/space. I didn't, but I can see why some pregnant woman would. Nothing more annoying then someone pushing you from behind while you waddle {gorgeously,} down those tiny aisles.
  2. Compression stockings. They can be pricey, and they are by no means cute, but they will keep your ankles/feet/calves from swelling to 3x their normal size. Worth every penny.
  3. Wear or bring a pair of slippers/flip flops to change into during the flight. Your feet will thank you.
  4. Bring at least one big bottle of water on the plane with you. It will run you $5 at the Starbucks by your gate, but at least you won't get the stink eye from your flight attendant when you ask for a tiny plastic cup of water every 15 minutes.
  5. Find the handicapped lavatory. Use it. The extra room is a godsend.
  6. Stand up, walk, stretch, etc. as often as you can. It helps pass the time and minimizes aches and pains.
  7. Bring snacks- protein bars, nuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches- whatever non-perishables you can stuff into your carry-on. Being pregnant & hungry at 30,000 ft. is terrible.
  8. If you're on a really long flight, bring some cream for the belly. It's dry as heck up there, and an itchy belly will drive just about anyone insane.
  9. Gum. Helps with pressure changes, nausea, etc.
  10. If you're on a really long flight, don't forget to bring your prenatals!
Hope this helps, and happy travels. :o)

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