Did you know that traveling while pregnant has many benefits? Today a bit about why you should travel while pregnant and privileges for pregnant women :)
Some pregnant women are afraid to travel, and some simply don’t want to – each decision must be respected.
However, if you are in the group that want to, or…. in the group who want to, but have some BUTs, below we describe in points why it is worth traveling during pregnancy and a little about the benefits of doing so, because maybe they are not so obvious to everyone ;)
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The first thing that comes to mind is just rest :) A rested pregnant woman is a happy pregnant woman. It will also be appreciated by those closest to you. If you’re working while pregnant, it’s a good idea to take a vacation (you won’t use it all anyway ;) ) and take a short break even before closing projects and handing over responsibilities.
If you are on leave and can move from home – it is worth it. At home you constantly have preparations in your head, completing the layette, and a little distance from the hustle and bustle of home you can rest from that.
2. for rich
If not now then when? You deserve luxury more than ever :) Book a hotel in the center to walk less. With a comfortable bed to get enough sleep. With in-room bathroom, elevator, etc. etc. Choose a convenient, often more expensive means of transportation. Eat at better restaurants (fresh!).
For us, location and cleanliness have always been key in choosing a hotel, and now in addition the accessibility of the hotel, the elevator (because in the end it was Paweł who had to carry everything) fresh and varied meals at the hotel, etc.
3. you avoid the queues
No one will refuse to let you in without a queue:) Expect people to let you through on your own and take advantage! If they won’t let you through, see where there are cash registers or priority crossings and culturally ask those standing in line if you can use them.
If someone let us through, we took advantage. If we didn’t, and we were in need, we asked other people waiting to be let in, or we approached staff or security, who were always happy to help.
It’s not about taking advantage of your blessed state, as there can often be someone in line who is more in need, but if you’re tired, your legs swell or whatever then don’t be afraid to ask for help (I couldn’t imagine standing for an hour in the sun in line for an object in Portugal – if we weren’t allowed out of line, we would definitely give up).
Looking for a complete list of things to take with you on your trip? We recommend our post
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where you’ll find more details on how and what to pack. In addition, you can download there a free packing list template for yourself and/or the whole family.
We also had a nice situation when renting a car, where we had to wait in a rather large queue, moving nothing. Employees seeing pregnant women, because it wasn’t just us, directed them to the VIP service point (no, we didn’t get the upper class :) ).
Previously, I had not imagined this at all and did not even want to take advantage of the kindness of others. However, at some point you realize that for some reason such facilities were invented ;)
4. you always have a seat
Whether in public transport or in waiting rooms, there is always a place for a pregnant woman (they even wanted to give way to me on some railings, because there was nowhere to sit ;) ).
People both in Poland and abroad simply respond brilliantly to the sight of a pregnant woman, which is mega sympathetic and often helpful.
5. you can fuss and whine to your heart’s content
You can fuss and whine to your heart’s content – in pregnancy you are forgiven ;)
Does the food not taste good? Tell the waiter. Bed uncomfortable? Report it to the hotel reception. I’m writing about this because we don’t often complain ourselves (we don’t need much to be happy), but in pregnancy your comfort is the most important thing, so if there’s something you can change, it’s worth it.
6. you visit less, but better
Don’t worry if you can’t “go around” all the attractions you have planned for the day. Take breaks whenever you need to, and always keep your tour schedule flexible.
This does not mean that the trip will be less valuable, on the contrary! We noticed that when sightseeing while pregnant, we focused on quality rather than quantity – we planned more carefully what we wanted to see that day, what interested us more, rather than where the most tourists were.
We often chose places that were less crowded but had a lot to offer.
During the tour itself, we stopped more often and had time to learn a lot and read about the different places or just enjoy the beautiful views.
Seeing a pregnant woman, people are more likely to chat – there is already a point of connection: a boy or a girl? Which month? When is the deadline? – and, as the conversation gets going, we find out what to see in the area, where the best place to eat fresh local food is, where to stay the night, etc.
We meet very interesting and open people in the process :)
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There is much more…
Appreciating the last moments alone with your other half is actually probably the most important part of traveling while pregnant :) Go to a nice, romantic place and enjoy yourself, peace and quiet…. because soon nothing will be the same (it will be better!).
These are, in my opinion, the most important points, I hope I have convinced insecure people to leave home and go, still in a two-pack :)
We also recommend you other texts about traveling during pregnancy:
Do any more points come to mind for our list?