My motto is "always go", so I knew being pregnant wouldn't slow me down. If anything, I felt more energized to see and do as much as possible before having our baby. Luckily, I didn't suffer from any morning sickness or increased fatigue, so we were able to cross a few places off our pre-baby bucket list (including our babymoon in Tuscany!). During pregnancy, comfort is non-negotiable. Here's how to stay comfy (and sometimes cute) on the road...
I made very few maternity purchases, preferring to use looser pieces from my existing wardrobe. But, maternity jeans are a must. These in white were in heavy rotation, and this darker wash pair had an amazing, forgiving fit.
Later in pregnancy, my feet became swollen and most of my shoes were out of the question. These shoes made getting through the security line a breeze when shoelaces were next to impossible.
Wearing these during flights was suggested by my doctor and helped with swelling. I stowed them in my carry-on so they were easily accessible during takeoff. Walking frequently during flights is key for keeping things circulating, so an aisle seat if you're traveling alone may be more convenient (you'll be visiting the bathroom a lot, too).
Aches and pains are part and parcel of pregnancy. For lower back pain, this was a lifesaver, and it's small size made it handy for travel.
Staying hydrated is so important. Having this in my carry-on was a great way to make sure I always had water.
My belly was BIG, and wearing this helped me feel contained and supported.
I didn't have any specific cravings, but I was immediately hungry upon waking up. A full breakfast wasn't always an option, so having these biscuits in my bag was crucial. Bonus: they contain all the same pre-natal nutrients as a vitamin!
Get a flu shot during your pregnancy to help keep sickness at bay. Most medications aren't recommended during pregnancy making an illness almost unbearable.
Some airlines may require a doctors note for extensive travel (this is usually the case with European airlines). Getting a note from your doctor giving the OK to travel is your best bet. You can also request a copy of your prenatal chart to take with you.
My biggest piece of advice is to take the trip that makes you feel most like yourself. Truly, your life will be changed in ways big and small, so take the opportunity to travel while it's still relatively easy. Stay tuned for tips on how to travel with your baby...