I’ve been pregnant just once. I’d like to make that clear. I’m in no position to give out tips as I’m sure there are more experts or far more experienced mothers out there than I am.
Nevertheless, I’m writing this article to remind my future self why being pregnant is not a hindrance to go out there and travel. It’s not something that I should be worried about or be scared of.
In all honesty, my husband and I are yet to decide when to stop having children. I may get pregnant again 2 to 3 years from now. And while the memory is still fresh, I’d like to write something that’ll remind me that it’s alright to still pack your bags and go places.
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So to serve as a note to myself (and maybe to other expectant mothers or newly weds traveling couples out there), here’s my reason why I still chose to travel despite expecting a baby:
Table of Contents
- Reasons Why I Travelled While Pregnant
- How I Coped
Reasons Why I Travelled While Pregnant
Reward yourself through travel.
Being pregnant does not mean pampering yourself at home, eating whatever your body (or appetite) wants. Go out there and have fun! Reward yourself by having fun through traveling.
Sometimes a change in surroundings can be satisfying even for a lady feeling all the changes in the body that comes with being pregnant.
Find time to enjoy before the sleepless nights begin.
When you have an infant, expect months of sleepless nights. Not just one month, but two (2) or three (3). The baby’ll need feeding in the middle of the night or early morning. Count yourself lucky if by the end of the third month, he/she will be sleeping the night away and be waking up the following day.
My daughter feeds at least once a night or once early in the morning. She’s 6 months at this time, and we still wake up in the middle of the night to feed her. She is also an early morning person and wakes up at 5 to 6 AM… We’re lucky if she doesn’t wake us up until 7 AM. LOL.
Prior to giving birth, my husband and I felt that we needed to make sure that we enjoyed the time remaining when it’s just the two of us. I remember watching a video on pregnancy that says you need to savour the moment you both have together while the baby is still inside.
And I completely agree with that. Work on your quality time!
This could not be stressed out more. For a healthy delivery, we need to achieve a fit and healthy body. And eating the right food does not only do that. Exercise will too.
Getting out and about is a more fun way of getting that much needed exercise. Swimming and walking are some of the things I enjoyed the most when we travelled. I find myself feeling energised every time I’m out there and exploring new places.
Have something to look forward to (aside from the baby).
Since quitting my 8-5 and deciding to go full-time with my blog, I’ve had spent countless of days at home monitoring my blog and working on it. The activity was good as I needed to have a routine.
My blog was one of the things that kept me active and had me looking forward to every morning when I wake up.
I find (aside from the fact that I needed new and fresh content), that planning your next trip is a great way to break the monotony and keep my mind away from the usual aches that comes with being pregnant and carrying a child.
Enjoy the luxury of time.
When you’re expecting a baby, you’ll know that the moment you give birth, you won’t have the luxury of time that you enjoy now. There’ll be a time when you’ll be spending more time on your baby than on yourself. So enjoy every minute of that ‘personal freedom’!
Now don’t get me wrong. The baby IS a blessing and will always be. What I’m trying to say is that having a baby is definitely life-changing, whether we like it or not. Our plans will definitely change to include him/her.
How I Coped
So here’s something to remind everyone reading this.. No pregnant woman is the same. And no pregnancy is ever the same too. We are unique in so many ways. Like the individual that we are, we have a lot of ways in coping with our feelings, emotions and situations…
Generally speaking, traveling is best done during the second trimester where the usual morning sickness on the first trimester is generally gone and the aches and pains of the third trimester is not there yet.
I remember, traveling while I was on my first trimester. It was a business-related kind of travel where I had to assist one of sites during an ISO Certification. I had no appetite and I was feeling a bit nauseous.
Good thing I had one of my staff with me who mostly did the leg work while I focused on the audit itself and assisting the rest of the team.
My third trimester too was spent mostly on trips within Cebu. It was mostly on several resorts in Mactan for some nice and relaxing beach vibe. During this time, I honestly felt heavier and easily tired which was no fun at all.
I had mostly travelled during my second trimester and here’s how I coped:
Bring something with menthol.
As someone who previously got a little nauseous on long road trips but had overcome it as part of how traveling changed me, bringing something with menthol while on travel really saved the day. Before, I only used to bring some pieces of candies when I travel.
When I got pregnant however, aside from the usual mints, I bring with me some mentholated solutions (preferably white flower and vicks. LOL). It helps with the nauseous feeling.
Bring a portable pillow (small pillow).
This has been my biggest lifesaver, especially for back aches. I remember really needing this during our connecting flights from Cebu to Busuanga..
The pressure on the back when you’re pregnant is not something you’ll enjoy. Hence, the need for a soft pillow to cushion the back.
Wear super comfortable shoes (at least one size bigger than your previous size).
When traveling, most often you’ll find yourself walking from one destination to another. The best thing to cope with this is by wearing comfortable shoes/ footwear.
There was a time when my regular shoes no longer fit and I had to buy another pair that was more comfortable and had me some open-toed sandals too!!
Bring some light snacks.
Staying full for at least an hour while pregnant can be a problem. I find myself craving for snacks for an hour or two (of course, I had to watch my weight too, which was very challenging indeed. LOL).
To cope, I always bring some light snacks with me including small fruits and crackers. This way I’d get to eat but at the same time avoid too much weight gain.
Before getting pregnant, I was a fan of drinking glasses and glasses of water. I make it a point to drink at least 8 glasses a day. It changed though when I got pregnant. Plain water just tasted ‘blah’ and I didn’t like it at all.
However, when traveling, having that bottle of water with you is very important. More often it gives you the extra boost of energy that you need or can fill you up especially if light snacks are no longer available.
Wear comfortable clothes.
I remember preparing for our trip to Hongkong. We were expecting a cold weather (colder than we are used to). I was pretty anxious to say the least as the rest of my clothes was a bit tight at the moment.
We went on a budget shopping spree with my husband, looking for clothes that are not too tight, not to heavy and not too bulky. LOL.
We succeeded (much to our relief) and only managed to bring two of this bags between the both of us! 😉
PS: The backpack is more for our gadgets and served as our carry-all for when we explored a certain place on foot (example was during our Coron Town Tour).
Let your husband take care of your things.
Before, I’d use to bring one separate bag for my personal belongings. When I got pregnant and still decided to travel however, I’ve reduced the bag to a really small one for my wallet and cellphone. The rest goes into my husband’s backpack that he carries around for his gadgets.
Today, I have a toddler who keeps us happy and pre-occupied most days. We did not travelled with her during her first year though.
We did it December of 2017 when we went home for the New Year, and I still have mixed emotions. We encountered a bit of a small health problem at this time, thus the hesitation.
Nevertheless, who knows.. Maybe the next time I’ll write a post, and it’ll be something related to traveling with kids as it is something I’d like to do in the near future!
How about you? Any tips you’d like to share? If yes, comment on the section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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This is a very useful post for pregnant women who want to travel. I don’t have any children but I do travel a lot and I can’t imagine I will ever stop, even if I will want a child at some point.
Thank you Joanna! That’s so good to know. 🙂
This is a really inspirational story. Thank you for sharing. Reminds me that life circumstances don’t mean you have to stop travelling. I hope to travel one day with my kids!
Thank you Alex! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about your travels too!
Oh! really impressing…. Waiting for the next article “traveling with kids” 😉
Thank you! Hopefully really soon I can write one! We’re already planning for our first family trip!
Very inspirational! This sheds a light on something that doesn’t really appear in the travel genre. Awesome
Thank you Luis!
Girl, you are truly an inspiration, I always thought how maternity leave is wasted just cause you think you can’t travel during/post pregnancy. Your post is preparing me for the inevitable task.
Awww.. Thank you, Purvi! I honestly thought, too at first! 🙂
Great post! I am currently a little over half-way and still enjoy travel very much. I travelled for work to Ireland at 12 wks, husband and I just came back from La Gomera and we’ll go to Athens in a couple of weeks (when I am still allowed to fly). Another thing I’d like to your list: find a place with multiple restaurants. When pregnant you’re not allowed to eat many things, so several options for eating out (where they don’t mind if you have special dietary requirements) is just ace! Oh, and I like bars that have a large Mocktail list, it’s nice to treat yourself to something else besides still water and tea 😉
Thank you, Esther! So great to hear other travelers doing this too! Such lovely inputs! Definitely include that when I get pregnant again (in a couple of years I hope! 🙂 )
Well done with this post. I so regret not traveling when I was pregnant. In fact a colleague suggested I do so in the 2nd trimester just like what you are suggesting and I ignored it. Result – was stuck for at least a few months before I could take out my baby. Now I too, encourage all the women to go for it . Will share your blog with them
Awww… Thank you, Ami! Too bad about being able to travel when your pregnant. Maybe, next time! 😉
I’ve travelled in the first trimester and with my infant. This is a great post with such excellent suggestions for staying healthy and comfortable while growing a tiny human.
Wow.. Kudos to you for traveling on your first trimester.. I was not in the best condition on my first trimester.. 🙂
What a fun and motivational post! I’ve never been pregnant myself, but I can imagine that a lot of people would consider travel out of the question while pregnant. I like the idea of having something else to look forward to, in addition to having the baby. And you’re right, with some extra preparation, you can pack a few extra items to keep you comfortable!
Awww.. Thank you, Rachelle! 🙂 It was indeed a learning experience for me! 🙂
Oh my god I commend you but also am like whyyyy did you do that hahah. When I’m pregnant I’m not going to leave the house and just nest all the time. I can’t wait! Hahah
Thank you, Courtney! I love that idea too until I got bored enough to plan trips.. haha..
This is such a good post! So many pregnant women won’t travel and you show them you can!
Awww.. Thank you, Marc! 🙂
Very informative post! I will tell my sister to check it out! thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you, Mohammed Alkaf! 🙂
It’s heartening to see that you’re still able to pursue your passion to travel whilst being pregnant. Great tips by the way for other travel enthusiasts like yourself! 🙂
Thank you, Nathan!
These are some lovely travel tips here, and congratulations on your pregnancy! I have no kids yet, but all my friends with kids tell me about how much their lives have changed 🙂
Awww… Thank you! 🙂 Yes, I’d definitely agree with them.. Being a mother does change you! 😉
I also traveled until the doctor told me I couldn’t fly anymore. I think everything was almost the same, but had to use the restroom a lot and got tired easily. So, make sure to take a break every now and then.
Good points! I think the hardest of all is being tired easily and the restroom break, tbh..
Great article..I totally needed something like this. I didn’t travel or even set foot outside my town while I was pregnant. And after that I could travel only when my baby was 6 months plus. So, that was like 1.75 years of break from traveling. Can you imagine that? If I ever plan a second kid, I feel I will have to again be in the pregnancy jail. But not anymore. You have given me a much needed encouragement.
Aww.. That’s so great to hear, Neha! 1.75 years of no traveling sounds so sad..
Very good topic! I have actually written a similar post. I noticed with my second pregnancy that every time can be very different. First time I could have travelled around the world but with my second I felt like home was the best place for me. Did only some road trips.
Wow.. I’d definitely remember that when (and if) I get pregnant again.. 🙂 I think it’ll also depend on the ‘mood’. 😀
I loved your tips! It’s so great to see that pregnancy isn’t a hindrance to travel. I’ll have to pass this along to my sister-in-law who is half-way through her pregnancy 🙂
Thank you, Bruce! 🙂
That is admirable! Many pregnant women I know simply stay inside the house. You were able to travel AND take care of that little joy inside you at the same time! That’s just WOW!
I agree with everything you said. I traveled in both of my pregnancies in and around East Asia and Southeast Asia. I was living abroad in Korea at the time. Both of my daughters were born there. I traveled with my first daughter right up to 7.5 months. I also traveled solo in China and Vietnam when my first was 18 months old while pregnant with my second daughter. These are some of most treasured memories because I know I can do anything. Also, because of food. Food and travel while pregnant is amazing. Fast forward to now, my girls are 5 and 3 and we travel full-time. They’ve never lived in their passport country.