The first trimester of your pregnancy is, actually, a great time to travel. You may wonder how that can possibly be true when you are “suffering” from morning sickness and fatigue. Yet, you may also shudder at the thought of travelling once your tummy gets bigger and think it’s better to get away before the baby bump shows. So, you go ahead and make the bookings. And, just when you are about to leave on that holiday, you develop cold feet. Should I or shouldn’t I? The simple answer is: just go ahead.
The first trimester is a good time take a quiet break and bond with your partner. Just be extremely cautious. Yes, you will have to frequently find a rest room to deal with your urge to urinate often and to deal with your nausea. You may have to deal with some amount of headache, too. But, then you are off on the trip and there is no looking back. So, just plan well in advance.
Carry some anti-nausea medication as suggested by your doctor. Drink lots of water or juices. You need to remain hydrated all the time. That is your priority. Don’t worry about finding a toilet or stopping the car midway through the journey. That is not important.
There is one more reason for you to remain hydrated. It helps prevent blood clots or what are called deep venous thrombosis (DVT). So, instead of a soda or a coffee, which increase dehydration, consume water or juices so that your blood will remain thinner. This lowers the risk of blood clots. It also helps in reducing stomach aches in higher altitudes and gives you relief from flatulence.
If you are travelling by car, ensure that you wear a seat belt all the way. You should preferably sit on the front seat because you can then push back the seat, even if a bit, to stretch your feet. But, remember to take a break to use a washroom or go for a short stroll every two hours. This is necessary to increase blood circulation in your legs.
If you are travelling by air, try and ensure that you get the aisle seat so that you are not cramped in the middle. It will also be easier for you to visit the rest room if the need arises. It would be advisable for you to take a few steps up and down the aisle when possible. Many women prefer to travel by train during the first trimester as the space inside is more comfortable. In any case, this is the period for you to be cautious, irrespective of the mode of transport.