Travel and pregnancy

Is It Safe To Travel During Pregnancy?

Is It Safe To Travel During Pregnancy?
Travel and pregnancy

Is It Safe To Travel During Pregnancy?

 

A normal and healthy pregnancy lasts for nine months. While you need plenty of rest, you cannot completely avoid traveling during this time, especially if you work. Many pregnant women avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary, but doctors will agree that it’s absolutely safe as long as you’re not facing any complications.

Local travel during pregnancy:

Even though you’re pregnant, you’ll still have things to do and places to be. From doing chores to visiting your doctor, travel is unavoidable. Doctors agree that traveling in rickshaws, buses, trains, metros, and cars is absolutely safe. If you’re worried that the bumps in the road might you’re your baby, they actually don’t. Doctors say that the most damage these bumps can do is cause mild backaches. If you’re traveling by car, don’t forget to wear your seatbelt. In case of a long drive, make sure you stop after every few hours to stretch your legs and get some rest.

International travel during pregnancy:

A lot of people are anxious of traveling in an airplane, and if you’re pregnant you might get even more anxious. However, there’s nothing to worry about. Most airlines don’t let women who are 32 weeks pregnant or more to travel in case they go into labor early. So, it’s best to plan your travel beforehand. There are also rumors of blood clots forming in women’s legs during air travel, but that’s hardly a risk. Try to get an aisle seat to avoid disturbing other passengers every time you might have to use the restroom or take a walk. As long as you stay hydrated, get enough rest and stretch your legs every few hours in the airplane, there’s nothing to worry about.

Prepare for your trip beforehand and make sure you speak to your doctor about your travel plans. Make sure you get the vaccinations you might need to take before visiting the country to avoid getting sick. Check if your health insurance is valid in the country you’re planning to visit and also consider getting travel insurance.

Best time to travel:

In case you’re planning a long trip, it would be best to do so in the second trimester. Most women experience morning sickness during the first trimester, making it hard for them to travel, especially if you already have motion sickness. During the third trimester, you will gain plenty of weight and will need to be extra careful with your baby bump. Most doctors recommend their patients to travel during the second trimester since there is enough time for your baby to arrive.

Things to keep in mind:

While it is safe to travel, it’s best to be prepared for whatever might come your way. Always remember to carry your medical documents and medicines wherever you’re going. Try to have a local point of contact wherever you’re traveling in case you need help with anything. Apart from

that, it would be best to avoid camping, trekking, strenuous journeys or any adventurous activities which might cause harm to the baby.

Pregnant women are given priority in most cases. Make sure you enjoy the privileges that come with pregnancy, after all, you and your little one deserve it. Have a safe and happy trip!

 

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