Kate Middleton and I have a lot in common. We’re both English Roses with charming British accents, we both went to St. Andrews University and we both married our Prince Charmings. Ok – so that’s about where our similarities end.
The Duchess of Cambridge is currently on a whirlwind tour of New York City with Prince William. In her fifth month of pregnancy, this could be quite a taxing time for her what with all the appointments, meetings and photo opps just when she may feel like putting up her feet instead and having a cuppa. I was five months pregnant when I did my own whirlwind tour of South America for work – five countries in nine days. Even though the itinerary was pretty intense, I managed to get through it all, enjoy the adventures, the amazing food and even altitude sickness. But I know how demanding traveling for work while pregnant can be, especially when your days start in the hotel breakfast room with colleagues and don’t finish until late at night after dinner and drinks. With all pregnant moms and Princess Kate in mind, here are some of my tips for traveling when pregnant.
Did you pack your Vitamix? I always recommend that my clients – pregnant or not – start their day with a delicious protein breakfast. This gives you lots of energy and will balance your blood sugar and keep away cravings during the day. I highly recommend a protein rich smoothie, poached or scrambled eggs or oatmeal with nuts and blueberries. Hotel kitchens can often make something special to order.
Keep an apple in your pretty handbag. So often when we travel, we ditch our healthy diet goals and head straight for the nearest cafe for a big coffee and pastry. This just wreaks havoc on our blood sugar levels and leads us to make poor food choices for the rest of the day. Keep an apple in your bag if you are hungry and you’ll feel so much better after this healthy snack.
Be careful what you eat and drink during those fancy parties and dinners. When we are presented with champagne, wine, beautiful canapés and rich dinners at parties, naturally our first impulse is to indulge. But when we are pregnant, we need to be careful. It’s a personal decision whether to drink alcohol during pregnancy and I don’t want to get into that debate here but alcohol contains a lot of calories and sugar. Canapes contain a lot of extra fat and dinners can often have extra creamy sauces and hidden fat. Load your plate with veggies first and then add clean sources of protein and other side dishes in smaller quantities.
Don’t forget to rest in your beautiful hotel suite. This was such a key piece of advice during my pregnancy. If I had the chance to grab a quick 30 minute power nap or early night, I took it. We may not all be staying in $14,000 per night hotels or traveling first class but no matter where our bed is, try and grab some extra zzz’s in between meetings or before dinner. If you can’t sleep, at least try and sit down with a book or listen to music on a comfortable chair wherever you can. You will feel rested and refreshed.
NYC cheesecake may taste great but it’s not the best source of additional calories. You will need an additional 200-300 extra calories per day, especially in your last trimester. But don’t just get those extra calories from chocolate or cookies – try some healthy snacks such as veggie sticks and hummus, 1/2 avocado, seeds, nuts or fruit.
So Kate – welcome to New York, our beautiful city. Enjoy our hospitality and all the sights. But don’t forget to take care of yourself and that bump too!