Travelling During Pregnancy
For business or pleasure travelling is an issue which concerns most pregnant women at some point of time. Being pregnant does not mean you should be confined to home unless there are compelling medical reasons.
The first trimester may not be the right time to travel because of high chances of miscarriage and also the symptoms may not make you very enthusiastic about travelling. However, for those who feel fine and gets the positive nod from the GP there is no reason why they should not travel.
In the third trimester there is higher risk of giving birth prematurely while travelling. The best time to travel is during the second trimester, between 14-28 weeks of pregnancy, when the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery is lowest. It is always best to discuss with your doctor ahead of planning any trip or making any bookings.
It is necessary to find out what medical precautions should be taken relating to the destination. If any vaccination is required it should be taken if considered safe for the baby by the doctor.
Some important tips
It is always best to travel light and plan the trip well ahead. For air travel always choose the aisle seat for those frequent trips to the toilet and also for walking around to promote blood circulation in the body. Wearing right fitting flight socks helps prevent symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.
It is also necessary to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Some airlines might require you to have a travel fitness certificate from your doctor. It is best to check out any guidelines the airlines have before travelling. Wearing comfortable clothes and shoes also makes the trip easier.
It always advisable to drink from bottled water if the tap water in the destination may not be reliably clean. You should avoid eating potentially contaminated food and take healthy snacks.
You should always find out about the medical facilities available at the destination and take all related medical records. If possible it is always best to avoid travelling alone. While wearing seat belt it should be put across thigh and below the abdomen. While travelling for the long road trip plan the route well keeping in mind that you will need to visit the toilet frequently.