Pregnancy does not limit a woman’s need to travel for business or pleasure but there are certain precautions that you must consider before embarking on a journey. Considering the stage of pregnancy is the primary step in determining the need or mode of travel.
Also critical are aspects such as the woman’s current physical condition and any medical issues identified by the doctor. According to statistics and medical suggestions, the miscarriage rate in the first trimester is 30%. Hence travel is to be strictly avoided. Long distance travel by road or flight is not considered safe.
Traveling by air
After the first trimester and until term, travel is safe. It is okay to drive by car. But what needs to be avoided is a jerky or bumpy journey. This could have direct implications on the baby. The cord could go around the baby’s neck. Pre-term labor or premature rupture of water bag could also be the other consequences.
You can travel by air until the 30th week; thereafter some carriers do not permit travel, so it is best to check before booking your flight. One of the safest modes of travel is by train and you can travel until the 36th week. All these are general guidelines for women who, otherwise, have not experienced any issues during pregnancy.
Things to carry while traveling
During a flight, a letter from the doctor specifying the due date should be carried since the airlines may demand it. A walk in the flight occasionally could be done to enable proper blood circulation. It is necessary that a health insurance is done and the papers must be carried since this may come of need in the point of destination or anytime during your travel.
If a travel is on the cards, it is important for you to ensure that a list of contact names and numbers is in strict possession. Also, a medical kit with all the prenatal vitamins and
over-the-counter medicines should be carried. Some women experience fatigue and exhaustion, bouts of nausea and other similar physical issues. You must be completely equipped to handle such situations and must take breaks and rest whenever required and snack at desired frequent intervals during the day.
Traveling light is the key. Unnecessary luggage will only add on to the stress but essentials must not be missed out on. Make sure that you do not miss out on carrying important items. When you follow some simple tips, travel during pregnancy will not be a nightmare.
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