Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Pregnancy is a wonder. Even though it’s such a joyful time of your life, it often comes with a few uncomfortable side effects. So much so, that you might think twice about going on that road trip you planned before the pregnancy.
Forget about FOMO. There’s absolutely no reason for you to miss out, provided that your doctor has given you the go-ahead. So go right ahead and prepare yourself for the most epic road trip ever. Think laughs, delicious eats and amazing music!
Just use these tips to prepare:
Pack a pillow
Your movement will be restricted – and who knows how long the drive will actually be if you hit some traffic. But if you pack a comfortable pillow, you can use it to prop up your neck or to support your back – or even catch some shut eye while someone else is behind the wheel.
Make frequent stops
You may need the bathroom more often than the others. There’s nothing worse than desperately needing a loo and there’s nothing in sight. If you’re able to, plan the route around stops at comfortable 2 hour stages. And use your GPS to show you how far the next stop is from your current destination. If loos are scarce, chances are that people will be too – in which case a field stop may be the only option (it’s really not that bad!).
Walk around and stretch those legs to get the blood flowing. This will also help to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which occurs when a blood clot develops in one of the main veins in your body (usually your legs). According to the National Health Service in the UK, DVT is more common among pregnant women than women who are not pregnant.
Snack on healthy food. Not only will this prevent you from getting grumpy – yes, we can get quite irritable when we’re hungry – but it can help avoid motion sickness. A ginger cold or hot drink and unsalted pretzels or fruit helps to prevent nausea.
Dress for comfort. Rest assured, you can look pretty stylish in a tracksuit and sneakers. Maternity jeans and a hoodie or a cute maxi dress will also do the trick. The more relaxed you are, the better the journey will be.
Make sure you have the right insurance
It’s always best to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. A great way to ensure peace of mind is to have car insurance which also includes emergency roadside assistance so you never have to worry about being stranded. If you or your partner do not have this kind of insurance, get an online insurance quote for affordable insurance suited to your budget!
Now go on and enjoy the ride!