Are you planning a scenic road trip or a long drive home for the holidays this year? Get my top tips for going on a road trip while pregnant and staying safe and comfortable! Scroll down for all the info!
These tips for going on a road trip while pregnant were originally published October 31, 2019 and updated August 23, 2020 and contain affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.
This is totally the year for exploring the U.S. via scenic road trips. There is just something about taking a road trip that is absolutely magical.
The memories made while conversing over miles and miles of pavement, the fresh new scenery out the windows as you are rolling right along. It’s just so wonderful!
And it’s a great way to travel while staying safe in the comfort of your own vehicle. You can make as many stops as you like and drive for as long (or as little) as you like. And when you are pregnant, that can make all the difference.
If you happen to find yourself in need of taking a road trip while pregnant, there are a number of things that you can do to make your road trip a little more pleasant, and comfortable.
Take a look at some of the best tips for your upcoming road trip.
Best Tips for Going on a Road Trip While Being Pregnant
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE LEAVING
First and foremost, you want to let your doctor in on your plans to embark on this fun and exciting adventure before the baby comes. This is a great idea for a number of reasons.
First of all, it’s going to be quite comforting to know that you and baby are both healthy before you head out.
Making sure that your blood pressure and protein numbers are at a safe level will add a little extra piece of mind.
And who wouldn’t want to hear that precious heart beat one more time before taking off?!
Second of all, your doctor can advise you of places, activities, and other things to watch out for, or avoid.
Think Zika Virus-carrying mosquitoes.
Diseases overseas that may require vaccinations. Unsafe foods or cooking practices that may end up making you ill.
Lastly, it’s the perfect time to ask any questions you may have about what is or isn’t safe while you are away.
Is it okay to ride a bike around the island? Is it smart to lounge around in the pool all day? Is there a certain product that is safe for pregnant women to keep mosquitoes away?
BEST TIME FOR TRAVELING WHILE PREGNANT
Pregnancy can really take a toll on the body.
From the mental and physical exhaustion, to the stretching, and aches and pains. Your body is constantly going through changes as it makes space for your ever growing little peanut.
That’s why it’s a good idea to try to plan your road trip during the right time in your pregnancy, when possible.
While a select few women may experience only a few to zero pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and dehydration, most women will find that their second trimester is likely the best time for traveling.
By the second trimester morning sickness should be tapering off, for the most part.
The constant urge to want (no, actually, make that need) to nap, is finally dwindling, as new found energy seems to make it’s happily welcomed appearance.
Your belly may finally start to be expanding, however during the second trimester it isn’t usually so big that it makes you uncomfortable.
Also, your baby is still tiny at this point, so you will only feel the urge to pee every 35 minutes, instead of every 5 minutes.
PACK ALL THE ESSENTIALS NEEDED FOR YOUR ROAD TRIP WHILE PREGNANT!
I’m not talking phone charger, tablet, and a good book. I’m talking about your new, favorite products that make life (and pregnancy) bearable.
Belly Band? Must Have!
It’s bad enough you’re going to be stuck sitting in the car for who knows how long.
At least make sure that you pack your belly bands, to keep your tummy from suffocating in those pants that feel tighter while you’re sitting.
Preggie Pops/Sea Bands/Ginger
Morning sickness can make random appearances throughout your pregnancy.
If you haven’t gotten to the point yet where your hips and lower back ache at all times of the day, just know that it’s coming!
You are already going to be sore from sitting in the car, so be sure to pack your favorite pregnancy pillow (or an extra pillow between your knees, while you sleep) so that you can wake up and get out of bed easily.
MAKE FREQUENT STOPS WHEN ON A ROAD TRIP WHILE PREGNANT
Yes, yes, the more stops you make, the longer it takes to make it to your destination.
But trust me, here. You are going to appreciate penciling in those extra potty breaks.
Not only is it not a good idea to hold it in when you have to go, but your body will thank you for getting up and stretching out those limbs.
Plus, pregnant women are more prone to getting blood clots, so it’s actually better for your health to make sure that you get out of a sitting position, every couple of hours.
PACK SNACKS AND WATER FOR YOUR ROAD TRIP
Sorry to point out the obvious here, but it is extra important to keep yourself hydrated while pregnant! I personally have a hard time remembering to drink enough water, so I use this water bottle with time marks to make sure I continue drinking water all day long.
And of course your sweet, little bun is going to be taking from a good chunk of whatever you munch on, so make sure to bring enough healthy snacks to keep you both satisfied until your next meal stop.
It’s a good idea to avoid sweet and salty snacks that are going to leave you thirsty, and still feeling hungry.
Also, while on the topic of food, make sure not to skip meals!
Either pack a healthy meal in your cooler, or make sure you stop for a good bite to eat.
Just because you are on a road trip doesn’t mean that you can skimp on your meals. You will still want to eat an adequate amount, to keep you energized.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY WHEN GOING ON A ROAD TRIP WHILE PREGNANT
You’re going to be sitting in a car for miles and miles! There is no need to dress in your cutest outfit.
Wear what you are comfortable in, and if you really want to, change when you get to your destination!
Keep in mind that your body temperature may also be higher or lower while pregnant.
So if you find that you are running warmer than before you were pregnant, make sure to pack yourself some shorts to keep cool, even if you are traveling to a cooler destination.
And vice versa. If you find that you just can’t keep warm, make sure to pack an extra hoodie or blanket, to keep yourself comfortable.
Road trips can be a lot of fun, as long as you are prepared! The best part is you can drive as much or as little as you like, depending on how you feel. And there’s always a rest stop available!