Around 28 weeks, most doctors advise that you do not travel too far so you do not risk going into labor while out of town. Because of this, we wanted to make sure that we made one more trip back to California, to my hometown, before the babies are born. Christmas at 25 weeks pregnant presented the perfect opportunity!We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas in California with my parents, brothers and cousins. We even squeezed in a baby shower and bruschetta party which I will share in later posts!
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Now I will be honest, traveling while pregnant is not the most comfortable thing (the rib pain I have been experiencing only seemed to worsen due to the altitude). Regardless of this, I still would encourage you to travel if you are up for it and your doctor gives the ok. Especially if you are pregnant with your first, this will be one of your last times to travel diaper bag/stroller/carseat free.
Here are a few tips that make flying a little easier:
- Try to get a seat in an exit row or one up front with extra legroom. I cannot begin to tell you how nice it was to be able to stretch out my legs. An aisle seat is a must too if your bladder is anything like mine.
- Drink lots of water…before the flight, during the flight, after the flight. Staying hydrated is key.
- Wear your leggings and sneakers. You can still look cute in athleisure wear, but you want to make sure that you do not have a tight waistline digging into you.
- Make sure you get up and walk. Walk at the airport; walk on the plane. This will help reduce your risk of DVT and also help stretch your muscles and reduce swelling to keep you more comfortable
- Second trimester is the best time to travel! Typically the fatigue and morning sickness of the first trimester have worn off and you have an extra boost of energy. Plus, you will have an adorable baby bump to show off to family and friends.
- Take advantage of time on the plane to read through those pregnancy and baby books. For whatever reason, my “to-do” of reading certain baby books always gets pushed down the list every week. My mom gave me What to Do When You’re Having Two, and I read the entire book on the flight home!
- If you are flying in your third trimester, be sure to check the airline’s rules around flying when pregnant. I came across this helpful article that summarizes many airlines’ policies.