When you have horrible morning sickness, the last thing you want to be doing is catching an early morning flight but sometimes it is a necessity. So here are my tips for coping (as much as you can);
- A good nights sleep. Get to bed as early as you can the night before your flight. It is known that being tired can make you feel worse, so try to get a good nights sleep before a flight.
- Vitamin in the middle of the day. Take your pre-natal vitamin at the time of the day when you feel least sick. For me that was the middle of the day, right when I had lunch.
- Double Bag. Possibly too much information here, but those airsick bags on planes are not exactly quality bags. I learnt that the hard way. Always, Always double bag. Triple if you can.
- Sit near the bathroom. Seats near the bathroom usually aren't highly sought after, so ask to be seated near the bathroom and even tell the air hostesses that you are pregnant and aren't feeling well. They will at least know then if you look green to get out of your way.
- Wet Wipes. Help yourself feel at least semi-normal in case you find yourself spewing out the side of a taxi or in the gutter. Pregnancy is glamorous, that's for sure.
- Water, Dry Biscuits and Mints. Sip on the water and nibble on the dry biscuits (For the Australians, Salada's were my choice, but Jatz also worked but they got a little sweet sometimes). Mints are helpful to change the taste in your mouth if needed.
- Travel Sickness Bands - These use pressure points from acupuncture, this could be mental but it felt as though they worked, I would only put them on once I got on the plane and you can push on the little ball to give you additional pressure - and make your mind think that you are actually doing something.
- Snacks - If you are travelling overnight and staying in a hotel. I would recommend bringing snacks. I couldn't get out of bed without eating, I would throw it all up and then have a second breakfast but at least I had something to throw up. For me, even if it was a bottle of water it was better to have something in my stomach. Muesli/Granola bars were my go to, I could leave them in my handbag and have them anytime.
- Avoid co-workers - If at all possible, try to go the night before or at least on a different flight to your co-workers. This is for 2 reasons - nothing worse than trying to act normal when you don't want to/aren't capable of and if you are trying to keep your pregnancy a secret, travel will give you away!
Of course, then there is always the option of trying to delay or cancel your travel!