in Pregnancy

Travel in Pregnancy

First Trimester – Nausea, vomiting, tiredness and risk of miscarriage are higher in the first 3 months (first trimester).

Second Trimester – the best time to travel or take a holiday is in mid-pregnancy, between 4 and 6 months (16- 26 weeks)

Third Trimester – Traveling in the final months; after 32 weeks of pregnancy can be tiring and uncomfortable and risk of going into labour are high.

Everything you need to know:

  • Flying isn’t harmful to you or your baby.
  • Chance of going into labour is naturally higher after 32 weeks and airlines won’t allow.
  • Long-distance travel (longer than 4 hours) carries a risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis).
  • Tips to follow:
  • Hydrate
  • Move about every 30 minutes.
  • Wear compression stockings.
  • Non-live (inactivated) vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy.
  • Live virus or bacteria vaccine should not be taken.
  • Train travel is safe.
  • Car – Tips to follow:
  • Stop regularly and get out of the car to stretch and move around
  • Keep rotating your feet and wiggling your toes to reduce any stiffness and discomfort.
  • Wearing compression stockings if you travel more than 4 hours, helps prevent blood clots and improves circulation.
  • Wear your seatbelt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap across your pelvis under your bump.
  • Avoid eating street food, street juices.
  • No to stale food or aerated drinks.

Essentials to keep while traveling

  • Take nausea medicine if you are prone to get sick.
  • Medical records
  • Take the All medicines (prescribed)
  • Travel insurance
  • Local doctor’s contact details
  • Easy cotton wear
  • Power packed food such as nuts and fruits to go with.
  • Wear band (if you are allergic/epileptic/diabetic/hypertensive) suggesting your status.

Happy holidaying!

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