Ok, the title is a bit dramatic; I’ll blame it on the pregnancy hormones. Traveling to new destinations is always exciting. Even at 30 weeks pregnant, I’m ready for adventure! From visiting historical sites, trying exotic and authentic foods, immersing yourself in new cultures, or simply taking in new landscapes, everything about traveling is enchanting. That is until you find yourself facing the inconveniences of being pregnant and wanting to enjoy all things travel like you normally would. Doctors recommend traveling most during your second trimester, the perfect time for you to take that babymoon! Your vacation can and likely will be enjoyable, but let’s be honest, there are some major drawbacks, particularly as you get later into your pregnancy. I’ll just share them with you before you plan your next dream vacation and that bubble busts!
Pregnancy Travel Struggles
Excusez-moi? Did I really just come to France to not enjoy a bottle of wine with my hubby? This is true for any destination. Vacation time is time enjoy a nice beverage, or five, with your meals because you don’t have obligations and because you’re grown! But when you’re pregnant: Water’s fine thank you.
2- Restroom availability
Often times when traveling overseas, public restaurant are hard to come by. You may even need spare change to use the restroom for a fee. This is a pregnant woman’s nightmare when a swift kick to the bladder from baby can send you into a “I need a bathroom right now” panic in a millisecond!
3-Limited dining selections
I like to try everything and anything (not living) when I am traveling! Once you are eating for two, you no longer get to eat everything you want. Let’s take a moment to shed a tear for all the sushi, rare meats, soft cheeses, charcuterie, and pate I wont be eating. Instead, I’ll be avoiding unique food stands and embracing the role of the lady with all the dietary restrictions at the Michelin Star restaurant.
4- Feeling like a blimp
I’m new to this blogging stuff, but I know we take pictures of our adventures and try to look as captivating as the scenes themselves. Reality, I’m struggling to find clothes that fit me and that cute “take my hand and snap a picture of me leading you” pose makes me look twice as wide!
Looking at number 4, packing is hard because finding clothes you like is hard, unless you’re stocking up on Pinkblush maternity clothes.
6- I’m exhausted
Oh that’s right, we have three days to see everything! Taking a day off to simply relax and lie with your legs propped up is a wasted day. Keep trucking along and get a really good massage from your honey at the end of the day!
7- Everything makes me nauseous: turbulence, car rides, boat tours, you name it.
8- Limited activities
Of course I want to hike to the top of the breathtaking cliffs, but I’ll have to sit this one out or stop halfway. Same goes for snow sports, deep sea fun, and air adventures. Safety first.
9- Flight time and sitting
If your flight is three or more hours, you will start to feel the need to walk around, stretch, recline, and wiggle around to find a comfortable position which will feel almost impossible in your small confined space. And waiting for the fasten seat-belt light to turn off so you can run to the lavatory will feel like a torturous waiting game. My mommy blogger friend Elisa has all the scoop on Flying While Pregnant
10- The risk of going into labor
Remember, the pro’s far out-weigh the cons, but it’s still a good idea to prepare yourself for the less than glamorous reality of traveling while pregnant. It’s hard to complain about much when you are taking in all the beauty around you!