Travel During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
Travelling while pregnant can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But with the right information and precaution, it is safe and possible to travel during pregnancy. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the road while pregnant:
The Best Time to Travel While Pregnant
If you can, it is advised to wait until your second trimester (after 14 weeks) when the risk of miscarriage is much lower. This is also a time when you have more energy and have cleared the first trimester nausea, it will make the travel easier for you. But if you need to travel before that, don’t be too hard on yourself and talk to your doctor for advice and advice about precautions.
Precautions to Take When Travel During Pregnancy
- Pack smart: Make sure to pack all the items you need, like a spare phone charger, snacks and some comfortable clothes, to make your trip easier. Bring medications and a copy of your health insurance card in case you need medical attention during travel.
- Stay Hydrated: Bring a water bottle and stay hydrated, especially when you’re on a plane as the air in the cabin is usually very dry. Bring a warm blanket if you need one and avoid alcohol.
- Take Breaks: Take frequent breaks during your travel especially if it is a long one, to help your body and the baby to relax. Plus, ample breaks help prevent travel-related fatigue.
- Consult a Doctor: Before travelling anywhere, consult your doctor about routines for travel to ensure you are doing the right thing for yourself and the baby.
Safety Tips When Traveling During Pregnancy
- Choose your Mode of Travel: Choose the mode of travel based on what will make you feel most comfortable. Flying can be more tiring, while car ride gives you the freedom to take frequent breaks. Consider the number of hours you’ll need to travel, how tiring the journey will be, how frequent the stops would be and more before making a decision.
- Select Where to Stay: Pick a place to stay that will make your travel more comfortable. Research if there are any hospitals nearby and avoid staying in any room with an adjacent smoking area.
- Keep your Bags Light: Try to keep your luggage as light as possible to try and avoid unnecessary strain. And ask for help when you need it.
- Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to any unusual body signals during your travel. If you feel exhausted, take a break. Don’t push yourself too hard.
Travelling while pregnant can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Nonetheless, with the right precautions, you can have a safe, healthy and enjoyable trip. Maintain a conversation with your health provider, keep yourself hydrated and stay within your limits to make the most out of your trip. Good luck!