China Pregnancy Travel Tips
Traveling can be a somewhat stressful experience at the best of times. However, traveling while pregnant provides a whole new set of challenges. If you and your baby bump are planning on taking a trip any time soon, you may find the following stress-reducing tips helpful:
1. Pack Enough Water and Snacks
Water is one of the most important aspects of your diet when pregnant. Women should drink between eight and twelve glasses per day to replenish their amniotic fluid and to reduce instances of nausea and dizziness. Alongside your water, you should also remember to pack plenty of healthy snacks to keep your energy levels up.
Pregnant women are a lot more likely to get food poisoning, particularly listeriosis and it can be really dangerous. Avoiding uncooked stuff (like salads) would be wise. Scrupulous hand washing and frequent antibacterial wipes.
2. Time Your Travel
The first trimester is usually the hardest, with cases of morning sickness and nausea quite common. The third trimester is the most sensitive, where any kind of stress may have a negative effect on your health – and potentially a premature birth.
As a general rule, the second trimester is considered to be the best time to travel. Of course, each and every pregnancy is different so you should be sure to consult with your doctor on the specifics of your case before you make any bookings.
3. Avoid High Altitude Destinations
Some pregnant women should be especially careful when traveling to high altitude locations. Avoid high altitude destinations like Tibet and parts of Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan. If you have hypertension, preeclampsia, or any other high-risk pregnancy condition, high altitudes may make your condition worse. Also avoid high-risk activities and instead opt for slow walks, low-intensity swimming, and yoga.
4. Take a Road Trip
This may come as a surprise, but a road trip is one of the most comfortable ways to travel when you are pregnant. Traveling by car allows you to take frequent stops, stretch, grab a snack, and even visit a medical care facility if the need arises.
In case of nausea, you can stop and take a breather. Rather than take a one-hour flight, it is often better to take a three or four-hour road trip. However, you should try to avoid any trip that will require you to be on the road overnight.
Traveling in China while pregnant can certainly be a little challenging, but it is by no means impossible. By following the advice contained in this article, you can ensure that your trip is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.