11 Tips for the Pregnant Tourist
Last summer, when I was pregnant with my now 8 month old, my husband's work took us to the UK. Even though I was 6 months pregnant, my son and I got in some great sightseeing, and even took the Eurostar to Paris for a couple days in the City of Lights. I realized that while being pregnant prevented me from scuba diving in the Thames, I was able to do most everything I would have done had I not been incubating a human in my belly. Nope, you don't have to put off travel or sightseeing just because you're pregnant. Sure, you may have to deal with swollen ankles or the occasional heartburn, but wouldn't you be dealing with those things walking around the local mall and eating at Panda Express? Here are 11 tips for making it easier for the pregnant tourist.
Waiting in line is brutal, especially when a bowling ball shaped like a human is bearing down on your girl parts. Be sure to plan out your days and do your best to avoid the busiest periods for each attraction. This usually means, wake your growing backside up early and get to the most popular attraction ASAP. If you dilly dally and stop to have a Nutella crepe and almond croissant on the way, you’ll be waiting at the base of the Eiffel Tower for 3 and a half hours. You’ll still be glad you waited to get to the top and take in the view with your sweet little boy, but I guarantee that later you’ll feel like you rode a bike 10 miles without a bike seat.
Just eat it.
Enjoy your food! One of the things I love most about traveling is eating. I love to dine at great restaurants and eateries and partake of the local cuisine. And by “local cuisine”, I mean baguettes and by “partake”, I mean, I ate a buttload of them. But, come on, you will be walking and on the move so much that you should feel free to indulge a bit.
Keep your hormones in check.
Remember, if your hormones were making you moody at home, they’ll be making you moody when you are away, whether you’re at Mt. Rushmore or Mt. Vesuvius. And when you go to popular tourist spots, you will be around big crowds of people. And when you are around big crowds of people when you’re moody, something about that situation is bound to set you off at some point. Keep the emotion in check, Preggers. You don’t want to throw yourself into a bad mood while you’re taking in the sites. That poor lady who kept backing into your photos didn’t deserve your pregnant ‘tude. Even though she kept doing it, like 4 times.
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Drink water like nobody's business.
It’s easy to either forget or choose not to drink as much water as you should to avoid looking for a restroom every hour. But the consequence to that is becoming dehydrated and potentially going to the emergency room for a few IV bags, and even better, developing a kidney stone.
Break in your shoes beforehand.
I bought a new pair of trainers while out sightseeing one day. I put them on, paid for them, got pregnant-itude with the shop clerk and tripped and fell on my way out. We were all upset about it. In addition, you don’t want blisters on top of your swollen feet. Be nice to those little troopers and break your shoes in before you get there.
Take it easy, man. Pace Yourself.
Even if you feel like the will is there, remember you are pregnant. You don’t need to be a hero. If you are doing a full day of sightseeing, take breaks occasionally. Sit down and have a cold drink or a midday snack. Pace yourself! David Cameron has more to worry about than the pregnant woman having Braxton-Hicks contractions in front of 10 Downing Street.
Eat lots of veggies and fiber.
Take in vegetables and fiber any chance you get to keep your system regular. Travel tends to slow the system down, and pregnancy slows it down, even more. Do your best to eat things that will keep it moving. Because who wants to view Buckingham Palace while constipated? Put your hand down, weirdo.
Find a local doctor and the nearest hospital in case of emergency.
Gather the contact information of a local ob/gyn and locate the nearest hospital to where you are staying just in case of an emergency. Though you will probably not have need for it, having the info will give you peace of mind.
Don't wuss out.
I found that it was tempting to forgo enjoying the local scenery and instead lay in bed and focus on my pregnant state. But, then I found that being out and about was a wonderful way to take my mind off my growing belly and thighs.
Hit the baby stores.
When else are you going to buy the Queen’s Foot Guard doll or the gorgeous, smocked French dresses for bebe? Well, there is Internet shopping, but this way, you don’t have to pay for shipping.
Get baby name ideas!
Maybe don’t name the little one, Louvre, but get name ideas from the places you are visiting. The name you’ve always been looking for could be uttered in a cafe or be part of a book title you see in a book store.
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