pregnancy and travelling.. is it really worth it?

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Travelling is great! Who doesn’t love a good holiday?

Now that your pregnant things get a little bit more complicated.. 

there are so many more things that need to be taken into account.

The best time for travelling is in your second trimester. Your risk of miscarriage is less than it was in your first trimester, and you’re not as big as a house yet.. 😛

Choosing a place to travel to is difficult enough when you’re not pregnant, with glossy magazines advertising your dream escape to the white sands and clear waters of fairytale lands. Now choosing a place involves more thought processes.. 

Things to keep in mind:

  •  Will you be at a health risk? (remember that vaccines should not be administered during pregnancy.)
  • Have you had problems in previous pregnancies?  (ectopic pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, miscarriage, premature labour?)
  • Are you having twins or more? 
  • Are you over 35?

Booking something not too far from home is advisable in all stages of pregnancy, but if you must travel a while, there are some things you need to think about and plan for.

Things to think about when you’re travelling long distances:

  •  Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -avoid dehydration and do leg exercises. 
  • Make sure you’re within flying range. (most air companies won’t let you fly past a certain point in your pregnancy, and will expect you to have written permission from a doctor on you. check these out before booking your flights.)
  • Check the fine print in your travel insurance. (some policies don’t cover pregnancy.)

 

Some general travel tips:

  • wear your seatbelt under your bump.
  • stretch when possible, or wear support stockings.
  • keep your fluid intake up.
  • If you have contractions see a doctor as soon as possible. if you’re flying make sure you have paracetamol with you. They should slow down the labour process.
  •  Wear loose fitted, comfortable clothing.
  • avoid rushing/ stress. (give yourself plenty of time to plan)

 

Activities to avoid:

  • waterskiing
  • scuba diving
  • saunas and hot tubs
  • horse riding
  • mountain climbing (over 3,000 m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pregnancy shapes and patterns.

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When you look in the mirror, you see your bright new stretch marks, the new layer of cellulite that spans across the backs of your thighs and slowly drooping bottom. You see your sagging breasts and growing belly. You see the “new” you.

There is no pregnancy glow everyone keeps telling you about. Your hair is limp and oily. Your skin is starting to resemble your high school pizza face photos. Does this sound familiar?

If indeed it does, i have great news for you… YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY NORMAL!!

I spent years and years dreaming about falling pregnant. I couldn’t wait to feel that first kick, and to (finally) buy the bigger bra to accommodate my new growing breasts.

As I progress in my pregnancy, I love to read about what is happening to me and my baby… of course, i am bombarded with pictures of beautifully slim women with the perfectly round and spotless belly. Gosh, I wish i could look like that… but the truth is- the chances of you, me or your neighbour looking like a pregnancy model are so slim they are almost non existent… just like our waist lines! 😉

As women, we spend too much time thinking about what we look like. We forget that pregnancy is about bringing a baby into the world. A HEALTHY beautiful baby should be our priority… not our growing behinds.

Ever since moving away from australia, i am disgusted with the amount of women who starve themselves during pregnancy to achieve that “perfect” magazine pregnancy image. These nine months should be spent eating, enjoying and getting ready for the new addition to your family. There is nothing worse, than seeing your newborn for the fist time and realising its malnourished because of you.

So, that being said here are some facts-

+ an extra layer of cellulite is a natural gain. This is supposed to happen. You will lose it after you give birth!

+ stretch marks happen to almost every woman. Embrace them!

+ rashes and ppups. Not  fun, but much more common than you think!

+ brittle nails and hair? quite normal.. try taking some extra calcium/magnesium tablets!

+ new skin tags? don’t stress, they will most probably disappear after birth!

+ patchy skin? try taking some extra folic acid. studies show, pigmentation changes can stem from a folic acid deficiency.

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to have kids, I think we often forget it.

so, try to enjoy all your new body changes. ITS NOT PERMANENT!! 🙂

Hopefully you feel slightly better about yourself! Keep smiling and eat some chocolate… get the endorphins flowing!