5 tips for traveling around the US when pregnant

As we have been travelling around the US for a while now, I wanted to post about how to do so while you’re pregnant. When you’re pregnant, you might feel as though you can’t or shouldn’t go traveling, but it’s actually the perfect time.

It will give your body time to relax while growing your little baby, but also let you and your partner spend some quality time together before everything changes. Here are my 5 top tips for traveling around the US when pregnant.

Think about when to go: Each trimester is completely different, so when it comes to planning your trip, it’s best to think about the pros and cons of each trimester. For example, in the first 12 weeks, you are at most risk, as well as feeling exhausted and sick. The third trimester you are likely to become exhausted again, and you can’t fly if you are too close to your due date. The second trimester, however, is probably the best time to travel as you will have a little more energy and hopefully any sickness will have subsided.


Plane Vs 4 wheels: Again, there are pros and cons to both options, but think about whether you would prefer to fly between destinations, or do a road trip (or, in our case, travel in an RV!). You can do a road trip a lot later in your pregnancy than flying, as long as you make sure you are comfortable.

For example, schedule in stops every few hours to empty your (ever-shrinking!) bladder. Allow yourself some flexibility – after all, this is one of the best things about doing a road trip. You are working to your own schedule, so if you feel a little tired or overwhelmed, you can slow things down.

Plan activities well: If you’re thinking of doing some bucket-list things, such as going down the Grand Canyon on a mule, you’re going to want to make sure that you are allowed to do them while pregnant. For example, you shouldn’t do any snowboarding, horse riding, scuba diving or amusement parks, but you also might not realize that hot tubs and saunas are also off the cards. Check before you book anything to make sure you don’t lose any money.


Pack carefully: Make sure you know where everything is, and you have the important things to hand. For example, keep your hospital notes and insurance documents handy just in case. You are going to want to have plenty of snacks and fluids nearby at all times to make sure you are staying hydrated and not getting too hungry. Write yourself a packing checklist before you hit the road, so you can make sure you have everything you and bump needs.

Listen to your body: The most important tip is to make sure you are listening to your body. If you need to eat more, or less, sleep more often, or to stop and rest; listen to what your body is telling you. You can still have an amazing time, seeing sights, visiting different states and ticking things off your bucket list, you just have to listen to what your body needs. For example, if you are visiting Las Vegas and after breakfast, you need to go back to bed, that’s fine.

After all, the best things happen at night in Vegas, and you can enjoy yourself much more if you are well-rested, rather than pushing through for the sake of it.

So they are just 5 tips for traveling around the US when pregnant. It is an amazing thing to do and you will really enjoy yourself if you follow these tips and have amazing memories to look back on once the baby arrives!

If you have any other tips, or have done a trip yourself, leave a comment!

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