Clockwise from left: Photo courtesy of Zoe Organics; courtesy of Olio e Osso; courtesy of Chay.
There comes a time in every pregnant woman's travel schedule when she must wind down, stay home, and nest. But until then (!), she should make as many travel arrangements as she can while that bun is still in the oven.
Traveling while pregnant has exposed me to a whole new set of experiences, cultural learnings, customs, and conversations. It has also given me the time and space to reflect on the future (not that I really have any idea what it will hold).
In traveling, like pregnancy, there is anticipation, joy, excitement, and a little bit of discomfort. These small but mighty carry-on items have made all the difference in helping me tote around my extra baggage.
The ritual of a bath is not to be underestimated at a time like this. After a long day, submerging in cool water will take the weight off and bring down the temperature. Natural cleansers like oatmeal and lavender are pre-packaged into sachets for easy transport. (Later on, they'll be great for baby, too.)
Once the fifth hour of your middle-seat-in-coach flight rolls around, you'll probably want to turn over the beverage cart and hide in the bathroom. Before the urge overtakes you, slip this thin eco acupressure mat under your bum or behind your back and relax into the tingling sensation.
The best means of working out pesky knots in your back and shoulders. And perfectly portable. Place the tennis ball on the target spot and lean back into your airline or car seat. Sweet, sweet, relief.