Traveling Through The Trimesters: First Trimester
Traveling during the first trimester of your pregnancy is no joke! Personally, my first trimesters are worse than labor, postpartum sleep deprivation and that last week of pregnancy combined. So if you can manage to keep food down and stay out of the ER, you have a leg up on me!
I’ve only traveled once or twice during my first trimester and each time it was a disaster. Still, I did figure out a few things that made the experience a little easier.
Before I get into this topic, I just want to point out though I am a nurse I am not YOUR nurse. So make sure to check with your doctor before booking any travel while pregnant.
If you are the unlucky nauseated type, weeks 6-12 are usually the worst. Might not be a good time to book a 12 hour flight! Sorry to anyone who has had to sit by me on an airplane during this time; I won’t be making that mistake again. For many women the nausea isn’t totally gone until around week 16, so you may have more fun if you are able to rebook your trip for after week 16.
Nausea management strategies: eat small frequent meals to keep a bit of food in your stomach at all times, stay hydrated, suck on lemon drops or lollipops, take vitamin B6 (did not work for me, but works for some!), and if all else fails, ask your doctor for a Zofran prescription.
Your sense of smell is heightened, so a whiff of stinky tofu in Taiwan (yes that’s a real thing) may send you retching into a bush. We actually canceled a trip to Asia and booked a trip to Spain because I thought I could handle the food and various smells better.
Plan in lots of rest breaks! Most women need 10-12 hours of sleep to feel semi-normal during this time.
The CDC website is a good place to check for disease where you are traveling. You can search by country. They are very clear on which countries are high-risk for pregnant women and which are safer. Not today, Zika.