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A HELPFUL GUIDE TO CAMPING WHILE PREGNANT

They say nothing should stop you from doing what you love. If you’re adventurous and love to spend time with nature and the wild, camping while pregnant can be tricky. Yet, there are helpful tips on how you can still make it a safe and enjoyable trip.

PREPARE THE ESSENTIALS

You may be the expert camper who packs everything but when you’re pregnant, make sure you don’t forget to bring what’s essential for you and the baby — enough food that you like to eat, water and medicine. When you’re carrying a baby, you get hungry easily, so it’s best to pack more food to make the trip enjoyable. It’s also vital to stay hydrated. Aside from medicine, bring mosquito repellents to prevent any bug bites during your trip.

Camping may mean no restrooms, or you’ll be far from one. And when you’re pregnant, you pee more often. It’s also harder to squat when you have a heavy belly so if it’s not possible to camp near public toilets, make sure to bring a portable urinal.

MAKE SLEEPING COMFY

Even hardcore campers will agree that sleeping on the ground isn’t always fun, what more when you’re pregnant? Making your trip fun must not mean sacrificing your comfort when you’re camping while pregnant. Bring a comfy mattress, an air mattress or a camp bed to make sleeping comfortable for you. If none of these are easily available to you, any thick sleeping pad will do. This not only lessens the chance of back pains throughout the night, but this also gives you enough rest to enjoy the next day.

STAY CLOSE

Camping while pregnant can be fun but also challenging. To ensure you and your baby’s safety, stay close to civilisation when camping. Don’t go too far into the woods or the park where calling for help will be hard. It’s also a good idea to check if there’s cell reception in the area.

TAKE IT EASY

If camping is your idea of a quick getaway or relaxation, this doesn’t mean you can go full steam. Have fun, but take it easy. Don’t carry anything too heavy for you, and this also means not putting too much in your backpack. Rest in between activities, and don’t hesitate to take naps when you feel sleepy. Make the most of your camping trip without pushing yourself too hard.

Camping while pregnant may not be ideal for some, but if you’re one of those who love the outdoors too much, then there’s no reason to cancel your plans to go on a little hike and sleep under the stars. Enjoy camping like everyone else, but be extra careful and more thorough when packing for the necessary things you need or might need. With these in mind, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a camping trip even with a growing bump.

 


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.