The farther I get into my pregnancy, the more the travel bug is driving me to hit the road. Vacation time, budget and comfort levels are limiting in my 3rd trimester though. So how do I satisfy this shot of wanderlust? I hit the road for some easy weekend trips away with my family.
What kind of trip is it going to be?
- Urban Explorer: grab your significant other (and any kids you may already have) and explore a new city. If that still seems like too much, explore your own city. Nothing gets my travel juices flowing like driving 3 hours north, south, east or west to discover something new.
- Winter Mountain Mama: bummed because you can’t hit the slopes? There are plenty of ski towns with things to do other than strap a piece of wood to your legs and hurl yourself down a mountain. Need more proof? Check out our posts on Whistler, BC.
- Coastal Queen: Nothing says relax like a quiet walk on the beach. Even if you are in cold temperatures but it can be soothing and invigorating. Just be sure to pack some extra layers to keep warm. If you can travel to a tropics, you will feel all the better.
- Wilderness Woman: Want to escape to a quiet cabin in the woods? Go for it. Grab your hiking boots and hit the trails. Watch your footing so you don’t fall. Breath in all the fresh air you can. It’s good for you and the baby.
Things to Think About
- Do you want to go by plane, train or car?
- How long do you want to be on route?
- Long weekend or just overnight?
- Will you be able to get some rest?
- Are there activities you feel comfortable doing wherever your destination? Anything you don’t want to do?
- Has your doctor given you the OK, especially if you are in your 3rd trimester?
- Comfy shoes to keep those feet you may have trouble seeing these days cozy and well supported
- A great pair of pants or jeans to hit the town or just have a nice dinner without being uncomfortable the entire time
- Stretchy pants that can take the pressure off your bladder and really let you relax
- Camera, because who doesn’t want a picture of themselves with that gorgeous baby belly showing itself off?
- Snacks to stash in your pocket or purse if you won’t be able to get to food quickly and easily
- Hydrate. I’ll harp on this until 6 months after the baby is born. I am horrible about water so it is as much a reminder to you as it is to me.
- Get your protein and iron. Grab a burger, a PB&J sandwich, some pork tacos, or a yogurt with some granola and berries on top. Either way you do it, just keep that energy level up so you don’t come crashing down and waste your fabulous weekend away. Here are a few more tips for Eating Healthy on the Road.
- Take your vitamins. Set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget while exploring a new place.
- Rest! If you think you are pushing it too hard, you are. Don’t second-guess this. Take care of yourself so you can have enough energy when you get home to tackle your week.
What kind of pregnant weekend traveler are you?
written by Keryn Means