Fresh fruits and veggies go a long way to helping anyone stay healthy on the road.
Traveling can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. However, staying healthy and comfortable on the road is essential, especially for women. This guide will cover essential tips and recommendations to help women maintain their health while traveling.
Supplies: Bring Your Own Medications
While you can find various medications in Europe, it’s always best to bring your own supplies, especially for cramps, yeast infections, or birth control. Consider asking your health insurance company for a more considerable pill supply if you’re planning a long trip. Tampons and pads are available at supermarkets, pharmacies, and convenience stores throughout Europe, but prices may be higher than in the US. To save money and ensure you have your preferred brand, bring your own supply from home.
Yeast and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
A sudden change in diet, such as increased consumption of alcohol, coffee, or juice, can trigger bladder issues. If you experience UTI symptoms, consult a pharmacist as soon as possible. Women prone to yeast infections should bring their own over-the-counter medicine or fluconazole (Diflucan) prescription. In case you need medication while in Europe, visit a pharmacy and ask an English-speaking local woman to help translate “yeast infection” into the local language.
Traveling During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can make traveling more challenging, especially during the first trimester. Morning sickness and fatigue can make bus rides, boat rides, and climbing stairs difficult. Packing light and wearing comfortable shoes with arch supports is crucial. Traveling during the second trimester (between weeks 14 and 28) is usually more comfortable and poses the lowest risks of miscarriage or preterm labor.
Ensure to confirm the airline’s policies and consult with your doctor before booking a ticket. During your trip, wear loose clothing with elastic waistbands, keep valuables in a neck pouch, and pace yourself to allow for plenty of rest. If any issues arise, visit a local clinic or hospital, and plan your trip around any necessary tests.
Nutrition and Diet
Eating nutritious food while traveling is essential for pregnant women. Picnics can sometimes be a healthier option than restaurant meals. Pack baggies for carrying snacks and bring prenatal vitamins and any other supplements from home. Staying hydrated is also crucial, so make sure to drink enough water throughout the day.
Europeans are generally very kind to pregnant travelers, making your journey even more enjoyable. And when your child is old enough to understand, they will appreciate knowing that they have already been to Europe, especially if you promise to take them again.
Traveling as a woman, and especially while pregnant, can present unique challenges. However, with proper planning and consideration of health needs, it’s possible to have a memorable and enjoyable trip. Remember to bring necessary supplies, pay attention to signs of UTIs or yeast infections, and take care of your body through proper nutrition and rest. By following these tips, you can ensure a healthy and comfortable journey.