Dress to Stay Comfortable
The plane will be hot, then it will be cold; your home may be cool, but your destination warm; your feet will start the day small-ish and end it swollen. Packing a few key items can help you weather the ups and downs of pregnant travel.
Choose comfortable layers: “I love traveling in leggings or jeggings,” says Rosie Pope, a Manhattan maternity clothing designer and star of BravoTV’s Pregnant in Heels. Pope also likes a loose cotton tunic or shirt with a lightweight wool cardigan that can easily be bundled into your carry on.
Give your feet room to stretch. Pope recommends “steering clear of strappy sandals,” and choosing “soft, fabric flats” that will allow your feet to swell with less discomfort, and are easy to kick off at security. “If your shoes become too big,” says Pope, “you can dampen them with a wet sponge and find they’ll shrink a little when dried.” If you need heels for a romantic dinner, go for sling backs or open-heeled wedges, which are a little more forgiving to swollen feet than peep toes.
Remove jewelry before flying, advises Nesterov, so that swelling can’t keep your wedding ring captive on your finger. “I wear my rings on a necklace before flying,” says Nesterov.
Other items to pack along: Comfy socks or flip flops to change into on long flights or car trips, and a cozy cardigan or shawl to use as a layer, blanket or bunched up as a pillow.
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