Right before I found out that I was pregnant, my family decided to do New Years in a cabin in North Carolina. We planned to ski, take long hikes, and stay in a secluded cabin at the top of a windy, rocky road. When we found out we were pregnant, it never crossed my mind that I wouldn't be able to partake in any of these activities.
And then reality set in... There was no way... despite my begging... that my family was going to let me go skiing!! I hadn't skied since college and had been dying to wipe out and ride ski lifts. Here are some ways that we had to adapt during the vacation to accommodate for the pregnancy:
1. No Skiing = Start a project for the baby while sitting in the ski lodge
I will be honest, spending hours in a ski lodge while everyone else skis is a bit torturous. Lucky for me, my mom's knees weren't up to wipe outs so she stayed behind with me. I started a sewing project for Oliver and she was working on his baby quilt which helped the hours pass by much quicker. If you have to sit out on a vacation activity such as scuba diving, mountain biking, or roller coasters, coming up with a project for the baby will keep your mind occupied and focused on the positives in the situation.
I can't divulge my project yet, but here are some good baby crafts if you are motivated to put a personal touch on your babies nursery. I specifically looked for some that would be easy to cart around to theme parks, ski lodges, or beach resorts.
*click on the picture for the link and directions
2. While the family hikes 8 miles to the summit, sit down in protest.
As much as I wanted to hike to the top of the mountains, 8 miles in higher altitudes then I am use to was not happening. Sometimes, it is ok to just stop and rest! I also took fruit snacks and granola bars in my pockets to keep me going.
3. Ensure that you are getting enough nutrients
Some families are not like this, but when mine goes on vacation, we sometimes forget to eat! We get so busy that meal times get smooched together into break-la-dinner. Dom got me a 16 pack of Ensure Plus to make sure that I wasn't missing any meals. They are 350 calories and 13 grams of milky chocolate wonderfulness. If you are having problems packing on weight or keeping up with eating enough meals throughout the day, I suggest giving them a try.
*Ensures are available at most grocery stores. I have bought mine at Food Lion, Target, and CVS. They are available in vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, strawberry, and butter pecan.
4. If you have a rough, windy ride up a mountain, BE THE DRIVER.
This may be just me, but if I am getting nauseated from a car ride, it helps for me to be the driver. Vacations are a perfect time for 100s of U-turns while trying to find things in a new city. The other problem with being in the passenger seat is the constant looking at a GPS to help the driver find their way. Nothing makes me feel sicker then staring at a phone screen for hours. It saved me a ton of car sickness to be the driver. If you are the same way, save yourself the trouble and ask to drive!
Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean vacation needs to be ruined. Just find something fun to substitute for those extreme sports!
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