Traveling while pregnant: Drinking and Eating
Regardless of the destination, there are a couple things you should consider before drinking and eating while pregnant. On our most recent trip to California, I didn’t have many worries about the food or water. But, when we travelled to Central America when I was pregnant with Baby B, I needed to be careful.
Here are a few things you should consider when drinking and eating while pregnant:
- Drink plenty of fluids – When I travel, I always carry a bottle of water with me. Dehydration is a common symptom that can lead to early contractions. Swelling of the feet and hands is also common in the third trimester. It sounds backwards, but to decrease swelling, stay properly hydrated.
- Don’t be brave, eat at reputable restaurants –Avoid street food vendors and stay away from empty restaurants – there’s usually a why reason it’s empty. I am always careful with foods like dairy and meat, which is likely to attract bacteria or spoil due to poor refrigeration. This is especially true in hot climates.
- Careful of fruits/salads – I always stay away from local fruit shake stands on the side of the street. Although the shakes might look tasty, it’s likely they are not using bottled or purified water to wash the fruit.
- Stick to your home diet – This may sound redundant but pregnant women should stick to the diet their doctor has proscribed. Don’t give yourself a free pass because you are on vacation. For example, the brie in France might look very delicious, but it’s advised to stay away from it while pregnant so fight the temptation and the “I’m on vacation attitude”.
Traveling while pregnant is something I believe every woman should do. By carefully selecting foods and drinks, the likelihood of getting sick will be dramatically decreased.
Do you have additional tips for eating and drinking while traveling pregnant?