Pregnant women can usually go on trips well into their pregnancy if they take the right precautions and are well-informed about when to go and what to do if things go wrong.
Wherever you travel, determine the availability of healthcare services in case you require immediate medical help. It’s a good idea to bring your prenatal medical records with you so you can provide pertinent information to doctors if necessary.
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Make sure that your travel insurance covers everything, including pregnancy-related medical care during labor, early birth, and the cost of rescheduling your flight back home if you go into labor while you’re away.
When should a pregnant woman travel?
Some women prefer to avoid travel during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy due to nausea, vomiting, and extreme fatigue. The chance of miscarriage is also increased during the first three months of pregnancy, regardless of whether you are traveling or not.
Traveling during the final trimester of pregnancy can be exhausting and inconvenient. As a result, many women discover that the best time to travel or take a vacation is in the middle of pregnancy, between 4 and 6 months.
Here are some common travel recommendations to keep you and your kids healthy.
Pregnancy and flying
Flying is not bad for you or your baby, but if you have any health problems or are pregnant, talk to your midwife or doctor before flying.
After 37 weeks (approximately 32 weeks if you’re carrying twins), the likelihood of going into labor naturally increases, and some airlines will not allow you to fly near the conclusion of your pregnancy. Consult the airline’s policy on this.
After week 28, the airline may want a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date and indicating that you are not in danger of complications.
Traveling lengthy distances (more than four hours) increases the risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis (DVT)). If you travel, make sure to drink plenty of water and walk around frequently—approximately every 30 minutes. A pair of graduated compression or support stockings can be bought at the pharmacy to help with leg swelling.
Pregnant women’s travel immunizations
Most vaccines that have live germs or viruses aren’t safe for pregnant women because they could harm the fetus.
The risk of infection may be greater than the risk of live vaccinations while pregnant, but this is not always the case.
Vaccines that are not live (inactivated) are safe to use during pregnancy.
Consult your primary care physician or midwife for guidance on specific travel immunizations.
Some anti-malaria drugs are not safe to take while you’re pregnant; talk to your doctor about what to do.
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Automobile travel during pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, it’s advisable to avoid lengthy automobile excursions. If this is not possible, make frequent stops and get out of the car to stretch and move around.
Additionally, you can perform some exercises in your car (while not driving), such as flexing and twisting your feet and wiggling your toes. This will help keep your legs’ blood circulating and will alleviate any stiffness or discomfort. Compression stockings can also help enhance blood flow in your legs and avoid blood clots during lengthy automobile journeys (more than 4 hours).
Due to the fact that fatigue and dizziness are prevalent during pregnancy, it is critical to drink regularly and consume natural, energy-giving meals like fruit and almonds while driving.
Maintain adequate airflow in the vehicle and wear your seatbelt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap over your pelvis beneath your bump, not across it.
Road traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of harm among pregnant women. If you must make a lengthy trip, avoid traveling alone. Additionally, you might share driving duties with your companion.
Navigating throughout pregnancy
Ferry companies have their own regulations and may refuse to transport pregnant women who are extremely pregnant (often beyond 32 weeks). Prior to booking, verify the ferry company’s rules.
If you’re going on a long boat trip, like a cruise, ask about pregnant facilities onboard and medical services at the places where the boats dock.