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:
- 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.