While most of us think that pregnant women should not go on a camping trip because of the risks, there are brave pregnant women out there who still love to spend time with nature and the wild. If you are one of these women, then you have come to the right place.
In this article, we will discuss how you can go camping safely and conveniently while pregnant. Here are some tips to help you stay comfortable throughout the camping trip.
Camping While Pregnant – Challenges, Tips, and Techniques
Having the essential stuff will prepare you for whatever obstacle that may come your way.
1. Preparing Your Gear
Stuff to Make You Feel Comfortable at Night
- Waterproof tent
- Extra fleece blanket and comforters
- Cotton sheets and sleeping bags to keep you warm
- Air mattresses
- Flashlights for late night comfort room trips
- Insect repellent
- Sturdy and comfortable shoes
- Battery-powered fan
- Cooler and ice packs
- Frozen meals
- Vegetables and fresh fruits
- Cooler with cold cans and bottles of drinks inside
- Camping stove
- Pan and other utensils
- Napkins, bowls and paper plates
- Plastic or silver wear
- One pot camping meals
- Pickles, mustard, and other temperature-resistant condiments
- Washing Supplies
Pregnant Woman Essentials
- Prenatal vitamins
- Comfortable, slip resistant shoes
- Chocolates and other food for your cravings
- Slingback camp chair with leg rest
- Hand towel for getting wet and wiping sweat
- Spray bottle for cooling down
2. Dealing with the Challenges
Carrying and Lifting
Your physician would probably advise you not to exert too much force when lifting or carrying stuff. Let somebody else carry the heavy packs and set up the shelter.
It is not easy for pregnant women to pee. You need to have a private area to take up half or your clothing to do it. It may be a challenge to get up and down with your knees and feet. Camping in a spot with restrooms would be best. If not, you can have someone build an outhouse for you.
If may be difficult for you to find a shower or some river or lake to swim on. Women tend to sweat more when they’re pregnant, and you need to make sure there’s a bathing area in your camp site. Bring the materials needed for a nice sponge bath.
Be sure to bring your clean water or have a clean water source. Unsafe water could lead to intestinal problems and water-borne disease that could harm both the baby and the mother. Iodine tablets are used in treating water that is not considered safe for pregnant women.
If you are utilizing local water, it is recommended that you boil it for at least 25-30 minutes.
Here’s more information on how to determine safe water.
3. Never Sacrifice Comfort
Going on a camping trip while you’re pregnant may be challenging. But it’s also the perfect time for you to stay comfortable. Don’t be a martyr and bring heavy stuff or sleep on the rough section of your sleeping area. Bring lightweight pack and sleep on the smoothest, most comfortable sleeping area.
Use the extra thick sleeping pad. It doesn’t have to be a luxurious item. The important thing is that it has good quality and the ability to provide good insulation. There are even models with padding that are great for women with hips.
If you are on a tight budget, though, you don’t have to spend that much, and an air mattress would do. You’d be surprised to know that the air mattress can be just as comfortable as a good bed, especially the very squishy types.
Pregnant women may not be able always to sleep on their backs for longer periods of time. Bring a pillow to prop yourself up if necessary. Have a pillow case that’s exclusively meant for camping. You can have a double pillow inside a couple of cases and reserve them for the camping activity.
Never miss a comfortable chair. This is your chance to enjoy a reclining chair which is padded, durable, adjustable and great for camping. These types should be heavy duty since they need to match your weight. You can put a pillow on it to support your lower back. That should keep you comfortable.
4. Crave For Foods but Don’t Do the Cooking
As an expecting mother, it is very tempting to do the cooking. Besides, that’s what moms do. But in this case, consider yourself exempted from your duties. Don’t forget that you are pregnant and your physician would probably suggest the same thing.
It is only natural for a pregnant woman to have cravings and every time you feel hungry or are craving for something, don’t cook. Eat the foods we suggested that you bring in the first section. Your food may vary according to your cravings, but some sweets and chocolates should do the trick.
5. Beware Of Mosquitoes and Ticks
This one is very important and should not be taken for granted. While bug sprays pose a risk to the pregnant woman’s health, nothing could be worse than the West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. If you are camping in an area where ticks and mosquitoes are very rampant, then protect yourself.
If you’re not comfortable with using DEET, then you can settle for a natural alternative such as citronella oil. Avoid brushing yourself against bushes where ticks might be lurking. Check yourself and your area for any potential suckers.
To learn more how you can avoid these nasty mosquito bites, I recommend that you check out this guide.
You might like to watch this video of a pregnant woman who went camping:
While you can relish the pleasures of a camping activity just like anyone else even if you’re pregnant, you will have to be extra creative to ensure comfort and convenience. Always remember to prioritize safety and comfort. We hope these tips helps. Happy Camping!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.