Traveling During Pregnancy

There is no harm in traveling during pregnancy by plane, train or by road provided you take some precautions and learn how to stay comfortable while traveling. You should also know which activities are safe for you and which one you should avoid.

Air Travel

It is commonly recommended by most doctors that the first 18 to 24 weeks are the safest time to travel during pregnancy. This period is safe because there is very less chances of miscarriage or premature labor during this period. The women, who are in their third trimester, are generally advised by doctors to stay close to their homes, so that they can access medical attention in case of emergency problems like false premature labor, phlebitis or hypertension.

So, if you have planned an international journey, you must get yourself fully informed about the quality of medical facilities you can get there. The place must have cesarean section to deal with emergency situation. Before making such travel plans, you must consult your health care provider.

During the flight you must walk around, to ensure proper blood circulation. Continuous sitting in a single posture can lead to blood clots due to blood pooling in your legs. The other common problem you may encounter are fatigue, heartburn, vaginal discharge, frequent urination, leg cramps etc. which are generally experienced by women during pregnancy. Take full precautions. Drink lots of water and keep stretching yourself while flying.

Road Travel

Traveling by train and road is comparatively safe during pregnancy but it is better to avoid traveling till the completion of first trimester. While traveling by train stretch yourself up after every hour. Avoid bumpy roads while traveling in a car. The best option is to slow down if the road is not smooth. Wear the seat belt below the abdomen to keep yourself safe.

Other Precautions

•    It is better to avoid traveling to a place which is situated in high altitude, during pregnancy, especially during the advance stages. There can be breathing problem.

•    Take proper care of your meals. Avoid uncooked and raw foods and salads. Eat hygienic and well cooked food.

•    Take care that all the required vaccination are updated.

•    Get your health insurance done, especially when you are traveling to a country where medical care is too expensive.

•    Avoid Adventure Sports

•    Seek immediate medical attention if there is abdominal pain, excessive swelling on your legs, bleeding and passing of clots or tissue.