The holidays are a special time of year, especially if you are expecting. While many pregnant High Desert women will travel to see family and friends this holiday season, it’s important to remember to take extra precautions. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy and how far you will be traveling, obstetrics and gynecology experts may recommend certain restrictions. Apple Valley women who will be traveling this holiday season should take note of these tips and take with their doctor before making any travel arrangements.

Can I Fly While Pregnant This Holiday Season?

You will want to talk with your doctor before booking any flights while pregnant. Your OB/GYN will discuss your own personal risk factors with you as well as help you make a decision based on how far along you are in your pregnancy. While women can fly during the first trimester, morning sickness can be difficult to manage in the air. The best time for pregnant women to fly is typically from about 13-27 weeks, or during the second trimester. Some airlines have restrictions on women flying after they are between 28-34 weeks pregnant. Have your doctor write a note just in case, and check with the airline ahead of time in order to avoid confusion at the terminal.

What is the Safest Way to Drive While Pregnant?

It is safe to drive while pregnant, but if you are driving long distances you should take extra precautions. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing so that your blood can still circulate properly throughout the body. Sit further back in the seat and even tilt the seat back a bit, in order to avoid any direct contact with the airbag should you be in an accident.

How Can I Curb My Morning Sickness While Traveling?

Morning sickness is difficult to manage on a daily basis, but it’s especially hard to handle while traveling. If you will be in your first trimester this holiday season and spending time away from home, be sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks for you to enjoy. Soda crackers, dried fruit and granola bars are all excellent snack choices. In addition to snacking, keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water.

What Activities Can I Enjoy While on Vacation?

When pregnant, it’s best to avoid certain contact sports and activities. If the rest of your group is heading out for a day of kayaking, you might want to spend your day on the beach reading a book. Choose your activities wisely and always keep your health and the baby’s health in the forefront of your mind.

As you visit family and friends this holiday season, be sure to take time to relax and recharge your batteries. This will help you enjoy your trip while also enjoying your pregnancy at the same time. This could be your last chance to take some time for yourself before that new little one arrives, so make sure you enjoy a safe, happy and healthy vacation. Of course, you can also look forward to the next holiday season, when you will be holding that little bundle of joy in your arms.