Things to know about traveling during pregnancy
Do you love traveling and going places? Then being pregnant shouldn’t limit you! The best thing you can do during pregnancy is to pay attention to your body’s needs.
After all, a woman knows best how she feels in her (pregnant) body!
If you’re you planning on traveling during your pregnancy and wondering what you should absolutely keep in mind, here are the simple, but very important things to note before boarding the plane or going on that journey.
1. Timing – consider when you’re traveling during your pregnancy
According to many sources, the best time to travel is during the second trimester, even though it’s OK to travel whenever during pregnancy.
2. Type of transportation – plane, car, bus, train, boat?
Do you get motion sickness even when not pregnant? It’s something to consider. Another factor that may greatly influence the comfort of your travel can be your choice of transportation. However, what’s most important whether it be a plane, a train, or a road trip is taking breaks in the form of short walks to stretch and get your blood circulation going and avoid clotting or cramping up.
3. Health care abroad – Yes or No?
Are you going somewhere for a longer period of time? Even if it’s just for a weekend, maybe getting health insurance will give you peace of mind. Also travel with a copy of your prenatal records just in case anything gets out of hand. Also don’t forget to research if you need vaccinations for the destination you’re visiting.
4. When is it really risky to travel during pregnancy?
According to the American Health Association, the only time traveling during pregnancy is risky is during the very beginning of your first trimester and the end of your third. Why? During the start of your pregnancy you may feel more nauseous, weak, and uneasy, which may put your pregnancy at risk. That’s why it’s best to always schedule your first check-up as soon as you know you’re pregnant and see with your doctor. During the end of your pregnancy, it’s still OK to travel, however many doctors and airlines will not advise it, for obvious reasons such as pre-term birth which may cause complications!
5. How to make the best of your travels?
– dress comfortably
– plan for lots of rest stops
– bring a pillow along
– carry snacks and water
– always wear a seatbelt
– make sure you have any medications you may need
– avoid fresh fruits and vegetables, they could cause digestion discomfort
– be sure to hold on wherever you can while passing through narrow aisles or during turbulence
What have your pregnancy travel experiences been like ? Do you have any tips? Let us know!
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