A Thorough Guide to Camping While Pregnant

Updated on December 5, 2016
Source

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

  • Pillows
  • 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

Kitchen Supplies

  • 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
  • Swimsuit
  • Jacket
  • 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.

Peeing

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.

Hygiene

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.

Clean Water

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.

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!


Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wehavekids.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://wehavekids.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)