Tips for Traveling during Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a period full of joy, but every pregnant woman has certain dilemmas and worries. Traveling during pregnancy is often avoided by mothers, especially because of the fear that something bad might happen. Many pregnant women tend to postpone trips and vacations during pregnancy, as they want to proceed smoothly during pregnancy till a healthy baby is born.
Well, if your doctor has not imposed any restrictions, you could as well go on a trip as long as you take some precautions. Although during pregnancy you need to take better care of yourself, why not enjoy a normal life before becoming a mother? Here are some tips for traveling during pregnancy.
Tips for traveling by car during pregnancy
During the nine months of pregnancy it is almost impossible to completely avoid car journeys. Whether it is a relatively a short trip or you are going to a far off destination by car, you have to take some precautions.
- Wear your seat belt throughout the journey. It is important, both for you and for your baby. Place the belt as low as possible under the belly.
- Make frequent stops. Every two hours, take a short break to stretch your legs.
- Gather information about hospitals and clinics on the route to your destination and keep it with you.
- Keep the seat in reclined position. You’ll feel more comfortable.
- Make sure you have enough fuel for your journey, so that you do not get stranded on the road without any access to nearby facilities.
Tips for traveling by train during pregnancy
If you are living in cities, and working you may have to commute by local trains. Or, there may be situations when you’re forced to travel by train to far off destinations. Before you board the train on long journeys, you should pay attention to some important aspects that can make your travel more comfortable.
- Exercise as often as possible, even when you stay seated. Rotate ankles and wrists, back and knees, and your head. Stand up and take a few steps at least once an hour.
- Wear a two-piece outfit so that it is comfortable when you go to the toilet.
- Avoid long journey of more than 5-6 hours without stopping. It is essential that you can take a break after 5-6 hours and stretch during this interval.
- Try not to travel at night. Trains can not guarantee a restful sleep during pregnancy, even if you opt for a sleeping berth.
Tips for air travel during pregnancy
Although air travel during pregnancy is allowed by the airlines only in early pregnancy, it is necessary to know some important things before buying the ticket.
- Before buying tickets, inform yourself about the rules relating to airline passengers during pregnancy. Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel up to 28th week of pregnancy. Again, each airlines has its own rules. In any case, you must have a doctor’s certificate to prove that it is not risky for you to fly and it should mention your due date.
- Choose an aisle seat. It will be easier to get up to go to the toilet or to stretch your legs. These seats also help reduce the effect of mid-plane turbulence.
- Because of the unexpected turbulence, you can lose your balance and risk falling. So, always fasten your seat belt, preferably bellow your belly.
- It is recommended to travel on large planes instead of small private ones. If you can not avoid traveling on a small plane, make sure that the plane will not ascend to an altitude of more than 2000 m.
- Opt for clothing in layers to adjust to the temperature inside the plane.
Tips for traveling by boat during pregnancy
If you have planned a cruise before getting pregnant and now you can not or do not want to cancel the journey during your pregnancy, here are some tips for your safety and safety of your baby.
- Make sure there a doctor on board on the boat prepared to deal with complications or childbirth emergencies.
- Check itinerary and what medical facilities exist at each port where the boat will halt.
- Talk to your doctor about your medicines to prevent seasickness that are not dangerous for you or your baby. Be careful not to take medicines that you are not sure whether they are good for you or your unborn.
- Do not travel alone and leave your itinerary with someone reliable.