On the road again…
Hubby and I have been road-tripping quite a lot recently! We’ve travelled several hours to see friends, home twice for various family events and on a “just us” weekend getaway all within the past 6 weeks. We’ve even got a couple more road trips coming up in the next month. Needless to say, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to help you
survive enjoy a road trip while pregnant!
My Essentials for a Road Trip While Pregnant
Ice water in a HUGE reusable cup
You’ve got to stay hydrated, especially while pregnant. I know I get soooo thirsty, so I always make sure to have plenty of water on hand. I usually even stash a few extra bottles in my bag in case there’s not a convenient place to stop for more along our route.
Peppermint essential oil roll-on
I’ve been getting some pretty bad tension headaches during the second trimester, especially if I’ve had to sit for several hours. I put some peppermint EO on the nape of my neck when I feel one coming on. It seems to take the headache away within a few minutes if I get to it fast enough. Not to mention it makes your car smell fresh and minty!
Snacks, snacks and more snacks!
Pregnant ladies MUST ALWAYS have healthy snacks on hand. Enough said. Personally, I’ve been loving Larabars lately.
Doggy poo bags + mints
I discovered this one out of necessity in the first trimester. As I’ve mentioned before, I had terrible nausea for the first several weeks of my pregnancy. I still have some sporadically, plus I also get motion sickness in the car. I always keep a roll of these in my purse plus some mints for sickness emergencies.
Comfortable walking shoes
You’re going to want to get out and stretch your legs frequently. I usually make it a point to stop every few rest stops and take a 10 minute walk around. No, this isn’t the most efficient way to get to your destination but it makes the trip a heckuva lot more pleasant!
Unscented and lots of it. Rest stops are just gross. Your immune system is a bit suppressed while pregnant so I’ve been using lots of this while on the road. Make sure to get unscented hand sanitizer because the perfume-y smell can be really strong while trapped in the car, which is a surefire way to set off my nausea.
And just because I love you, here are a couple more bonus tips and tricks!
Keep the car organized with the things you need right at hand. Especially if you’re the passenger, this can help minimize the number of times you have to turn around and grab something out of the back seat which can be quite uncomfortable and doesn’t do good things for motion sickness.
Try to schedule road trips around rush hour to avoid sitting in traffic. As a pregnant lady, when you need to stop, you need to stop!
Please wear comfy maternity bottoms! Consider investing in some even if you don’t need to wear them on a daily basis yet. Nothing is worse than being jabbed in the baby bump by your own clothes and still having 6 hours to go before you make it to your destination.
Speaking of clothes, dress in layers. If you’re anything like me, one minute you’re hot and the next you’re cold (I feel a Katy Perry song coming on…). It’s kinder to your travel mates to just peel off/add a layer than to be constantly switching between the heater and the AC!
Last but not least, just wear your seat belt. I know it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s the law. And common sense.
I hope this info makes your road trip while pregnant a lot more pleasant than the first few of mine! Bon voyage! 🙂
P.S.- Where are you headed this summer? Anywhere fun and exciting?