The end of March was getting closer and closer. A long weekend was scheduled months in advance and would be baby’s first aircraft experience. We longed for this trip and were ultimately more excited than our son. Naturally. He is still barely reactive to any change in his environment and we are thrilled if he … Continue reading Flights are like babies
With little more than baby’s hunger and baby’s sleep on your mind, getting out of the house in those first weeks after birth is 1) for bare necessities only, 2) the result of careful planning and 3) a luxury when you have a grandma who’s willing – no, asking – to take him out of … Continue reading Heaps of decompression
And then we were three. In ways we could not have possibly foreseen, our lives were turned upside down. For weeks we lived like zombies, moving from one feeding session to another. In all honesty, it was brutal. With the baby not latching on and momma hooked onto a breast pump eight times a day, … Continue reading Baby’s first weekend trip
Traveling, even when you’re not pregnant, asks energy. Especially when reaching full term, everything on you weighs that little extra, be it your bag, the cup of tea in hand, or your own belly. There is a good reason why flying after 36 weeks into pregnancy is not recommended: should you go into labor you … Continue reading Heavyweight momma in the air
Nausea, hard belly, bladder pressure, shortage of breath, cramps, high pulse, unsteady balance,… These symptoms have all occurred in lesser or greater degree during my pregnancy, now over seven months in the game. It goes without saying that these physical annoyances can put you off considerably, even affect your daily routines, but are indeed part … Continue reading Hiking like an overweight Viking
Unexpectedness is inherent to travelling. The door will always be open for unplanned situations. Being prepared for the unexpected, and being open-minded about the unknown, is when one experiences travelling at its best. Being over 7 months pregnant, however, means that the unexpected is not always welcome. One just cannot endure the same challenges, nor … Continue reading Preparing for the unexpected?
One of the positive sides of traveling to higher-up regions in Africa is that malaria is less prevalent. Why this is a big deal? Pregnant women have a greater risk to be infected and to develop complicated malaria. For this reason pregnant women are advised not to travel to or stay in regions with moderate … Continue reading Mosquitoes & Malaria
Journeys to mountainous regions are said to be safe for pregnant women, at least up to 2500m. If one is going to higher altitudes (max. 4000m), physical exertion is not recommended and should be avoided to the maximum. It goes without saying that adequate fluid intake is, in every circumstance, absolutely vital. Being in the … Continue reading Altitude blues easily forgotten