Yes, I did it, I traveled during each of my first three trimesters!
It actually wasn’t THAT bad, just avoid any boat rides!
During my first trimester, I took a trip to Tahiti. Prior to my husband and I finding out that we were expecting, we had planned out this trip to celebrate my birthday. (Read more on how I found out I was pregnant in My Encounter With Motherhood post.) Getting the news of the little bun in the oven wasn’t going to stop us from having fun, although I must admit, I was super, super paranoid being that I was only in my first trimester.
Traveling to Tahiti was the most tedious trip I’ve ever taken! Maybe it was my hormones, but I was intolerable and irritable the whole time until we got there. Imagine having to fly 6 hours to get to Los Angeles, to then fly another 8 1/2 hours to get to the islands of French Polynesia, Tahiti, to then take a FERRY to Moorea which was the island we stood on! Not to mention my sensitive bladder and nausea.
**So here’s my boat story: It was pouring when we got on the ferry which caused the waves to be extremely choppy. I literally feared for my life as the boat sailed through the ocean swaying from side to side. Pregnant woman+morning sickness (which doesn’t only happen in the morning)+crazy boat ride, need I say more? What a great start to our vacation huh?**
We finally get to our resort and I read up on the things that I shouldn’t do during the first trimester.
- No hot tubs
- No sunbathing
- No jet skis/No dirt biking
- No doing anything that could potentially harm my baby
So what did I do? I read a book and slept in the shade the majority of the time. I was always exhausted anyway! If I felt overheated I would sit in the very shallow end of the water as my husband swam around me with snorkeling goggles, looking at all of the fish that would swim up to us. Aside from the lack of “adventure and thrill,” we really enjoyed our time relaxing and sightseeing.
Tips for traveling during your FIRST trimester:
- Get the green light from your doctor first! (You want to make sure you are in good health to travel.)
- Stay hydrated and make sure to eat (Be careful trying new dishes, you may think something sounds delicious but the baby make think otherwise.)
- Try to remain cool and avoid being directly under the sun (You don’t want to overheat your body, remember you got a little bun in the oven!)
- If you need to nap, nap mama! (You do enough back at home, enjoy the time off and dream about how your life is about to change for the best with the arrival of your little blessing.)
When I hit my second trimester we decided to take a little trip to Florida. We wanted to first celebrate our wedding anniversary at Disney, which I had never been to, and we wanted to inform some of our loved ones of the newest addition that was coming to the family.
(I couldn’t find any pictures with my belly-But here’s a picture of hubby and I enjoying Magic Kingdom!)
By this time, my morning sickness had subsided and although tired was like my middle name, I wasn’t lethargic as I was during my first trimester. We were able to walk around the whole Magic Kingdom in one day and we enjoyed the time we took to visit our family. On our down time, we took dips in the hotel pool and it was so refreshing! Overall, the trip was pleasant, I made sure to stay hydrated and always wore comfortable shoes!
Tips for traveling during your SECOND trimester:
- Always stay hydrated and pack snacks because the munchies are real! (Especially when going somewhere hot.)
- Dress comfortably. (I personally don’t like sneakers so flip flops were my best friends.)
- Have fun! (They say the second trimester is the best time to travel during pregnancy.)
During our trip to Spain, I was already in my third trimester, 7 months to be exact. Why Spain? I honestly don’t remember but we were celebrating my husband’s birthday so that’s always a good enough reason to travel!
By this time, my bump was obvious yet, most people wouldn’t guess that I was that far along because I carried very small. Looks are definitely deceiving though, I may have carried small but I felt SO heavy and walking all around airports was extremely unpleasant and annoying! I was so happy once we got to our resort. I made it a point to enjoy every single second of my time there as I knew that I probably wouldn’t travel anymore until after the baby was born.
My husband is pretty adventurous so lounging around, not doing much on this trip was not in his plans.
He decided that since we couldn’t go dirt bike riding or anything thrilling like that, he would rent a car and we would drive around Palma de Mallorca, Spain. I think the fact that he rented a stick shift car that he didn’t know how to drive was an adventure in itself! We drove through towns, visited a museum and traveled to three different beaches all in one day. You can imagine how exhausted I was at the end of the night, but we both had so much fun and shared so many laughs (I may have been laughing the most since I found it pretty funny watching my husband try to figure out how to drive the car he rented.)
Traveling during the third trimester is pretty similar to traveling during the first. There are a lot of precautions that you need to take and guess what, the exhaustion is back!
Tips for traveling during your THIRD trimester:
- Most definitely get the okay from your doctor first! (Some doctors prefer you to stay close to home by depending on what week you’re in.)
- Plan ahead and research. (Find out where the nearest hospital is and have an emergency plan set out just in case your baby decides they want to make their grand appearance sooner than expected.-That would be an interesting story to tell them about when they get older!)
- Consider Travel Insurance. (Only if you feel it’s necessary)
- Take it easy and enjoy! (Prop your feet up, read a book, enjoy the warm breeze and mentally prepare yourself for what’s to come.)
Like I said, traveling while pregnant wasn’t THAT bad for me, but everyone is different! If you’re up for it, go for it!
If you’ve traveled while pregnant I would LOVE to hear your experiences! Please comment below.
Want to read about our first out of state trip with the baby? Click here!