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How’s this for inspiration: Our editor-in-chief’s wife went backpacking less than two weeks before delivering her first child, and our gear editor did a five-day trip on Isle Royale while seven months along. Yes, you can.
1. Check in with your doctor.
Make sure there’s no reason backpacking is contraindicated for you, and ask how much you can carry. It’ll probably be less than your normal load, so expect to have friends act as porters. If you hiked and backpacked before getting pregnant, you’ll likely be able to continue.
2. Don’t clip your hipbelt.
It’s just plain uncomfortable. Less weight in your pack will make this easier, but it’s still likely to be uncomfortable on your shoulders, so make sure to line up a backrub at the end of the day.
3. Avoid treating water with iodine.
4. Compensate for your compromised balance.
5. Pack a really comfortable sleeping pad.
6. Have an evacuation plan.
Always smart, but especially so now. Consider a two-way messaging device if cell service isn’t available.