Smart Tips On How To Minimize Common Pregnancy Discomforts When You Are Travelling

Travelling long distance and even across the countries by road, air, and train can be very demanding on a pregnant woman’s body that is already going through a lot already.  

When you are travelling, it is hard to get healthy meals to follow your meal plan. You have a higher tendency to eat junk foods you come across on your trip.

Due to the changes you may be experiencing, bloating, gas, heartburn may worsen. Here are tips on how to minimize pregnancy discomfort while in motion

  1. Eat your food in bits not in big chunks
  2. When you eat, grind the food in your mouth do not just swallow.
  3. Wear free and comfortable clothes that do not hug your waist or tummy
  4. Do not take foods that may make you gassy e.g. Beans, Soft drinks etc.
  5. Avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, chocolate, acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and vinegar; processed meats; mint products; and spicy, highly seasoned, fried, or fatty foods.
  6. Space out meal times; do not eat dinner close to bedtime.
  7. Use pillows to prop yourself up while sleeping
  8. Carry antacid approved by your doctor along with you for the road.
  9. Drink a lot of water (Be moderate especially when you are taking a public transport)
  10. Snack on high-fibre foods like whole-grain bread, fresh or dried fruit
  11. At stopovers and even in transit you straighten out your leg to avoid fluid build up
  12. Because you are pregnant, you tend to be tired easily. You need to take it easy on your vacation plans
  13. Find time to rest and don’t wear yourself out
  14. Dinner should be light and less oily to avoid gastrointestinal troubles
  15. Spending time outside in the daylight will help to reset your biological clock to the new time zone.
  16. Keep evening meals light and non-greasy to help ward off the gastrointestinal discomforts that can keep you up at night.
  17. Have your bath before bed to help you settle into bed for the night.
  18. Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees is a comfortable sleeping position for pregnant women.

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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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