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Travelling during Pregnancy? Tips that Make your Travel Safe

Monday, 28 October 2013
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Summary: Planning a travel during pregnancy without proper medical advice could expose your baby and you to risks.

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While avoiding travel altogether during pregnancy may be ideal, it may not be practical. You may want to travel for professional reasons or for a change of scene. It is generally considered that the second trimester is the best period to travel. You can however travel at any time during your pregnancy provided your healthcare provider doesnÔÇÖt consider it risky.

Discuss with your Healthcare Provider

A consultation with your doctor is paramount before you decide to travel. There are several conditions that may make travel a risk for you or your baby. If you have had a miscarriage earlier, or if you are in your late 30s and expecting a child for the first time, your doctor may advise you against travel.

Travel involving long distances is usually discouraged as there is the risk of developing clots, which can move and settle in lungs or other body organs. Travel to countries that require you to be vaccinated poses high risk as these vaccinations could harm the baby.

There might also be other conditions in your medical history that might make travel risky. Given the presence of such risks, a medical consultation becomes the primary step in your travel itinerary.

Take Precautions for Maximum Safety

If your healthcare provider has given the go-ahead, you still have to take several precautionary steps to ensure safety to your self and the baby:

  • Carry water and juices to keep your body hydrated. Pregnancy dries up your bodyÔÇÖs water content faster and therefore you need to keep up the fluid levels. Staying hydrated will also lessen your risk of developing clots. Avoid or limit your intake of caffeine-based fluids and alcohol.
  • Get up and move during travel. Use opportunities, if available, to move around. For example, if you are travelling by air, walk along the aisle every 30 minutes. Consider having rest stops if you are travelling on land, say by car, and get down to take a walk.
    If moving around is not possible, stretch your legs every now and then. Rotate your ankles to counter the sedentary posture.
  • Book your journey in accordance with your pregnancy tests, if possible. Get the tests done and wait for the results before you set to travel.
  • Keep in hand your pregnancy chart and a safety certification from your doctor for the travel. Your pregnancy chart should carry details about your menstrual period, pregnancy tests and results, and medical history. Ask your healthcare provider if they provide such pregnancy charts or do it yourself. Carry all essential medication too.
  • Remember to seek information from airline service providers about their conditions for pregnant passengers if you are planning to travel by air.
  • Be prepared to the best. Try to enjoy the journey than stress on factors that are not in your control.

Have you, your spouse, or a loved one journeyed during pregnancy? If so, we are eager to hear your travel story.

 

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