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. Here are some of my 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 quickly, 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. Being pregnant, you will probably want to go to the toilet more often than usual. It’s also harder to squat when you have a heavy belly. If it’s not possible to camp near toilet facilities, make sure to bring a portable urinal.
MAKE SLEEPING COMFY
Even hardcore campers will agree that sleeping on the ground isn’t fun. It is even more important to ensure you are comfortable when you’re camping while pregnant. Bring a comfy mattress, an air mattress or a camping bed to ensure a good sleep.
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. I recommend camping in an area where there is network coverage. It’s just better to stay a camping ground with all the facilities you need.
TAKE IT EASY
If camping is your idea of a quick getaway, have fun, but take it easy. Don’t carry anything too heavy, 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, there’s no reason to cancel your plans to go on a little hike and sleep under the stars. You can enjoy camping, like everyone else.
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