couple travelingGot an out-of-town wedding, going on a “babymoon” or are you due for your yearly visit to your mother-in-law’s house? Traveling during pregnancy takes a little extra planning. Try these traveling tips.

  • Talk to your doc before you go—just to make sure you have the go-ahead. And bring a copy of your prenatal records just in case.
  • Check into medical-insurance coverage for wherever you’re going. Make sure you’re covered in Paris, France, as well as Paris, Texas.
  • Request the front seat on an airplane. It’s closer to the bathroom.
  • Drink lots of water. Then see no. 3.
  • Dress in layers. Hot, cold, off, on—you get the picture.
  • Wear comfy shoes (like maybe some gorgeous ballet flats). Travel can cause big swollen feet. Pretty!
  • If possible, travel during your second trimester so you don’t have to worry about morning sickness or being as big as a house.
  • Keep your luggage light. No need to carry a heavy bag when all you’ll need is a water bottle, a trashy mag and some food.
  • Speaking of food, bring lots of snacks. Fruit. Nuts. Whole-grain crackers. A box of chocolate.
  • Take your favorite pillow.
  • Avoid leg cramps by taking a short walk every two hours.
  • Consider buying some special pregnancy socks to keep down the swelling.