Travelling by car during your pregnancy

Seatbelts can be uncomfortable when you’re pregnant, especially in your third trimester, but it’s crucial to wear them when you travel.

 Pregnant? A little pre-planning can alleviate your discomfort so you have a more comfortable road trip.

Traveling while pregnant might be challenging at times. Long road journeys can be uncomfortable, no matter which trimester you’re in.

We chat with Barend Smit, marketing director of MotorHappy, a provider of motor management solutions and car insurance alternatives, for tips on how to make the trip stress-free.

Tip 1: Safety first

Activate the airbag in front of your seat, but make sure that the distance between you and the airbag is the maximum possible distance. This is easier to achieve if you’re in the passenger seat. However, if you’re driving, stay as far away from the steering wheel as you can without compromising your driving ease. If possible, tilt the steering wheel up and away from your belly.

Tip 2: Stay hydrated

Bring enough water with you for the trip, even if it means extra toilet stops! Staying hydrated will help you and your baby feel better during the drive. If you start feeling dehydrated, you could experience headaches, nausea, cramps, and exhaustion.

Tip 3: Take breaks

Make frequent stops, even if they’re just for a few minutes. A good rule is to stop for about five minutes after every hour of driving. Take a toilet break and stretch your legs for better blood circulation. This will also help you relax, and alleviate any backache you might be experiencing from sitting down in one position for too long.

Tip 4: Get comfy

Take pillows with you that are specifically designed for your back during pregnancy. Ensuring your back is comfortable throughout the trip will help prevent backaches.

Tip 5: Don’t travel solo

As your pregnancy progresses, avoid taking long road trips on your own. It’s always important to ensure your car is in good working order, but perhaps even more so when you’re a pregnant woman travelling on your own. Make sure all car services are up to date and your car is in good working order.

Tip 6: Have a plan

Some motor plans and insurance providers provide roadside assistance should you experience any troubles while on the road. Before leaving home, make sure you have all your important numbers handy in case you need them.