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April 23rd, 2013, 02:01 AM
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Hey ladies! DH and I recently went back to our hometown which is 5hrs away. The ride(DH drove) was almost unbearable for me. My ankles and feet became really swollen within a hour of sitting in the front. They were burning and tingling. So I had to move to the back seat to prop up my feet for the rest of the ride. By the time we got to our destination my calves were swollen as well. And my baby shower will be in my hometown so I will be 31weeks when I have to do this all over again ugh. So Im wondering:

BTDT Moms: What are some tips for traveling a "little" comfortable while pregnant?
And for everyone: Is anyone traveling by car or any other form in the third trimester?
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April 23rd, 2013, 03:08 AM
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I'll be traveling home to Kansas from Korea from 27 weeks through 28 1/2 weeks. I think it's about 18 hours with two flights each way. Then we'll be doing a 2 1/2 hour drive to his hometown and back.

I'm glad the car part is short, and I intend to make us stop halfway through. My plan for the flights is to get up, walk around, and hit the bathroom every hour. I got an aisle seat with extended legroom and have compression socks ready to go. I'll also be bugging the flight attendants for lots of water.

At least a couple of these things may be doable for your long car ride, but of course I haven't done this yet so I don't know how well it'll go!
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April 23rd, 2013, 04:18 AM
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I will be traveling 16 hours at 3 weeks and then again for 4 hours at 33 weeks...I am nervous about it but we are going to come up with a plan !
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April 23rd, 2013, 04:54 AM
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When I traveled back to Florida during my pregnancy with DS I brought Pillows with me and a massaging seat that goes over the car seat. It plugged into my cigarette lighter. We also took lots of breaks even if we didn't have to use the bathroom so I could get out and walk. Just walk as much as possible!! It really helped with my swelling!

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April 23rd, 2013, 05:14 AM
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I'll be flying to Chicago (about 2.5 hours each way) at 31 weeks. I'm not too nervous about it, but the midwives said I needed to walk each hour and drink lots of water. I hope your next drive is a little easier!
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April 23rd, 2013, 05:21 AM
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I agree with everyone else. Frequent breaks even though the drives only a few hours. We drive 8+ back and forth to NC, in fact, we were just there a few weeks ago. Things that worked for me included: propping my feet up on the dash and leaning my seat back. Pillows to cushion my back and so I could get more comfortable. Tons of water and lots of bathroom breaks. Oh and frequent small snacks helped with my car sickness..
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April 23rd, 2013, 05:29 AM
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I've read that during long car trips while pregnant you should get out and walk each hour I haven't traveled far during pregnancy though so I'm not positive how well it works but it's worth a shot!
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April 23rd, 2013, 06:07 AM
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Making lots of stops and getting out to walk and stretch is good. I always had to stop frequently anyhow to pee. We will be driving to Arizona this summer and it's about a 17 hour drive, we're going around 34 weeks pregnant.
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April 23rd, 2013, 06:18 AM
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As long as the doctor approves it, we'll be going to see my parents when I'm 28 weeks and traveling back when I'm 29. Its at least an 8 hour drive each way and that was with my DH driving above the speed limit the whole time and we only stopped twice lol it'll be interesting seeing how it goes this time
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April 23rd, 2013, 07:23 AM
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I'm taking a 2 week 2500 mile road trip at about 34 weeks. I plan LOTS of stops to get out and walk (and pee LOL). But luckily I don't get swelling during pregnancy, so that helps...
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April 23rd, 2013, 08:38 AM
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We will be traveling a bit this June. Not completely sure where yet, Las Vegas is on the table but more likely we will do a beach trip. Vegas is about a 9 hour car ride and the beach is probably 4? I will be about 31-32 weeks when we go, I discussed it with my doctor, he said as long as things are looking good with me and Max at that point it should be fine, but to get out and walk every hour or two to prevert blood clots/swelling
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April 23rd, 2013, 10:27 AM
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Thanks ladies for sharing and giving your advice. I did stop frequently to walk and pee but that did not help me..... I will try bringing pillows though...
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April 23rd, 2013, 11:12 AM
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I agree with the breaks and keeping hydrated.
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April 23rd, 2013, 03:56 PM
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I second Kaisia on the compression stockings... I wear them when I work (I'm on my feet for 13 hours/shift) and they really do help. They help bring the blood from your lower extremities back to your heart which reduces swelling. They are pretty hideous looking but may be worth a try
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April 23rd, 2013, 07:03 PM
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Where do you purchase compression stockings?
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April 23rd, 2013, 09:17 PM
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Where do you purchase compression stockings?
I ordered mine from Amazon. I haven't opened them even since my trip is more than a month away, so hopefully they will work OK.
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April 23rd, 2013, 10:02 PM
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I've seen them in the pharmacy sections of some of the drugstores where I live, but you can probably find them at a local place that sells medical scrubs. Or like Kaisia said, you could order some online.
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