Travelling During Pregnancy

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 Is It Safe Or Risky?

Before planning a trip or a holiday during pregnancy you have to note down so many things to travel safely without any emergencies or complications. The safest time to plan a trip during pregnancy is in your second trimester if you don’t have any pregnancy complications and you and your baby are overall healthy. Many women are so much worried about traveling during pregnancy that they don’t go out anywhere for all those 9 months of pregnancy as they don’t want to take any risks.

 

Going out or planning a trip or a holiday during pregnancy is good for your physical and mental health. So try to go out with your baby bump without any hesitation after taking advice from your doctor. But if you have to go out because of an emergency, then you have to pre-plan your journey for a safe and comfortable journey. Avoid climbing too many stairs during your journey as this can cause miscarriage if you are in your first trimester. There are many lifts and elevators all around the places now in airports, and train stations for comfortable travel.
Traveling during pregnancy is safe if you don’t have any pregnancy complications like:-
  • Multiple fetuses.
  • Vaginal Bleeding.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • Severe Diabetes.
  • Miscarriage in the past.
  • Ectopic pregnancy.
  • Cervical problems.
  •  If you are above 35 years of age.

 

Before planning your journey keep a note of all these things:-
  • Talk to your gynecologist if it is safe to travel for you.
  • Don’t go to any areas or places that are contaminated and have diseases spread all over like malaria, typhoid, Zika virus, or coronavirus.
  • Wear a mask and carry hand sanitizers and wet wipes to keep yourself and the area around you hygienic.
  • Check for medical facilities and emergency rooms in the places where you’re going.
  • Carry your pregnancy file wherever you go.
  • Keep a medical kit handy which contains your pregnancy tablets, stretch mark cremes, ORS, etc.
  • Pack loose and lightweight clothes that are comfortable to wear.
  • Always carry some fresh homemade snacks while traveling because you will always feel hungry and thirsty during pregnancy. Avoid packaged foods or junk food.
  • Since you shouldn’t lift any heavy weight during pregnancy, make sure you carry only a small handbag or a backpack with some essential items in it that you might need during your journey.
  • Avoid traveling during your first and third trimesters as there are more chances of miscarriages in the first trimester and more chances of going into labor during the third trimester.

Travel By Flight

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  1. Air travel is safe till you are 36 weeks pregnant. But still, check with your airlines because some airlines won’t allow women to travel who are over 28 weeks pregnant.
  2. Talk to your gynecologist about your safety and take a note from that doctor so that you can show it to your airlines if they don’t allow you to travel.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and carry lightweight hand luggage.
  4. Women with high blood pressure, multiple pregnancies, gestational diabetes, or any other pregnancy complications are not allowed to travel by air.
  5. Book the front seat near the emergency door, so that you will have some extra space to stretch your legs, easily stand up, or walk around for a bit every 30 minutes to relax your muscles.  Because sitting for long hours in one place can cause swelling in your feet and blood clots.
  6. If you have nausea and vomiting, carry a polythene bag to spit up or vomit and some medications that your doctor suggested for your air travel.
  7. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your journey. Hydration of your body is very very important during travel to keep your baby healthy.
  8. Take a seat near the toilet so that you can easily go.
  9. Pack some healthy snacks like dry fruits, fruits, and fresh juices instead of eating unhealthy outside food.
  10. Wear the seat belt always. If you feel uncomfortable you can remove it in between the journey but wear it compulsory while taking off and while landing.

 

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I traveled in flight when I was 5 to 6 months pregnant during my second trimester as I had a healthy pregnancy. My journey was smooth without any complications or emergencies. The flight attendants asked me for the doctor’s note before entering the flight. I didn’t get the aisle seat but still, I felt comfortable in my seat as I stood up, and walked around every hour.

Travel By Train

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  1. A journey by train is also considered safe during pregnancy. But still, ask your doctor before you book your tickets.
  2. Women with high blood pressure, multiple pregnancies, gestational diabetes, or any other pregnancy complications are not allowed to travel by train.
  3. If you have nausea and vomiting, carry a polythene bag to spit up or vomit and some medications that your doctor suggested for your train travel.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your journey. Hydration of your body is very very important during travel to keep your baby healthy.
  5. Take a seat near the toilet so that you can easily go. Stretch your legs often and walk around every 30 minutes or every hour. Because sitting for long hours in one place can cause swelling in your feet and blood clots.
  6. Pack some healthy snacks like dry fruits, fruits, and fresh juices instead of eating unhealthy outside food.
  7. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and carry lightweight luggage.
  8. Book the lower berth instead of the middle and upper berth in sleeper coaches.
  9. Avoid chair class as you might get back pain or feel very uncomfortable during your journey.
  10. Avoid metro or local trains within the city which are packed full of passengers and you have to stand throughout your journey.
I traveled on the train when I was 6 to 7 months pregnant during my second trimester and third trimester as I had a healthy pregnancy. My journey was smooth without any complications or emergencies. We got the upper berth but when people saw me they told me to take their seat in the lower berth as I was pregnant. I felt comfortable throughout my journey as I stood up, walked around every hour, and drank plenty of water. My seat was very near to the train toilet so it was easy for me to go whenever I want.



 

 

Travel By Bus

 

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  1. Traveling by bus is a little bit unsafe during pregnancy. Mainly during your first and third trimesters as there are more chances of miscarriage and labor during these two phases of pregnancy.
  2. It is considered unsafe as the roads in some areas are not smooth and the bus may move up and down or from side to side which can disturb your baby in the womb.
  3. On the bus, you have to sit for long hours which can cause swelling in your legs and can also cause blood clots in your body. There are many sleeper buses available but still, it is unsafe to travel through a bus for long distances.
  4. Buses don’t have any seat belts so you may experience ups and downs constantly which is not at all good for your baby.
  5. If you don’t have any other choice other than traveling on the bus then talk to your doctor about what precautions you can take during your bus journey.
  6. Don’t stand in a moving bus. You may lose balance and fall or feel dizzy.
  7. Pack some healthy snacks and fruit juices for your journey. Drink plenty of fluids and always keep your body hydrated.
  8. Some buses have toilets in them so try to book those buses only and book your seat near the toilet to go easily whenever you want. Try to stand or move around for some time on the bus whenever possible to relax your legs and abdomen muscles,
  9. Tell the bus driver or the bus conductor to drive slowly and smoothly as you are pregnant.
  10. Don’t travel alone. Take someone with you for support. A friend or a family member.
  11. Women with high blood pressure, multiple pregnancies, gestational diabetes, or any other pregnancy complications are not allowed to travel by bus.
  12. If you have nausea and vomiting, carry a polythene bag to spit up or vomit and some medications that your doctor suggested for your bus travel.
  13. Pack some healthy snacks like dry fruits, fruits, and fresh juices instead of eating unhealthy outside food.
  14. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and carry lightweight luggage.
  15. Always try to travel in air-conditioned buses. Because non-AC buses may expose you to dust, fumes, and smoke.

 

Travel By Car

 

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  1. Traveling by car is safe during pregnancy if you take proper precautions. Mainly during your first and third trimesters as there are more chances of miscarriage and going into labor during these two phases of pregnancy.
  2. It is considered a bit unsafe as the roads in some areas are not smooth and the car may move up and down or from side to side which can disturb your baby in the womb. So prefer highways and roads that are well-constructed.
  3. In the car, you have to sit for long hours which can cause swelling in your legs and can also cause blood clots in your body. So stop your car every hour or half an hour and get down and walk a bit to stretch your leg and abdomen muscles.
  4. Wear the seat belt if you are in the back seat also.
  5. Pack some healthy snacks like fruits, dry fruits, and fruit juices for your journey. Drink plenty of fluids and always keep your body hydrated.
  6. Don’t travel alone. Take someone with you for support. A friend or a family member.
  7. Women with high blood pressure, multiple pregnancies, gestational diabetes, or any other pregnancy complications are not allowed to travel by bus.
  8. If you have nausea and vomiting, carry a polythene bag to spit up or vomit and some medications that your doctor suggested for your car travel.
  9. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and carry lightweight luggage.
  10. Avoid traveling in a car for long distances during your first trimester as there are more chances of miscarriages.

 



 

 

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