Travel during pregnancy
Best time to travel
You should take care of yourself while travelling. Long distance travelling during pregnancy should be avoided in late pregnancy. In early pregnancy, you will feel early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, pain, breast tenderness. These symptoms are quite manageable, but in the first trimester there are are chances of miscarriage, so it’s always recommended to avoid long distance air or car travelling.
In the middle of pregnancy, second trimester (between 14 to 28 weeks). In this period, your early pregnancy symptoms vanish and you must be acquainted with your baby and pregnancy symptoms. So, it’s better to travel in this period, obviously with some precaution.
In later pregnancy, your big belly and swollen limbs will not allow for a long time standing, sitting or moving around. As well as you may encounter with false or real labor symptoms, contractions. So, it’s recommended not to travel during this period.
Air travelling during pregnancy is generally safe for a short duration in a domestic flight. If you’re travelling during the first or third trimester, you should consider your health and pregnancy complications. Generally a second trimester is better for travelling if you’re having a normal pregnancy. It’s better to avoid air travelling in late pregnancy. Many airlines don’t permit travelling during or after 36 weeks of pregnancy in a domestic flight. Rules for International flight are more strict, deadlines for international flight are more early.
It’s always recommended that if you are travelling for a long distance, first consult your physician or Obs/Gyn. Many criteria are there, such as your pregnancy condition, your weeks of pregnancy, your symptoms and your overall health and weight.
When travelling by air, you can take the following steps to help make your trip as comfortable as possible:
Preferably choose an aisle seat with good leg space, generally big aircraft’s have more leg space. More leg space will help you to get up easily for a washroom, as well as you can stretch your legs during a long flight.
Book a seat near to the toilet area, so you don’t have to walk for a long distance.
Avoid gas-producing foods and carbonated drinks before your flight.
If you are having airsickness, please consult your general physician before travelling by air. If you feel nauseatic, keep a sickness bag with you.
Wear your seatbelt at all times. The position of the seatbelt should be lower than your belly and not over your belly. Make it comfortable, do not over tight it.
Keep drinking water during travelling.
Ask for a pillow and put it behind your back, for a comfortable journey. You may keep one pillow behind your neck.
Ship / Cruise Travelling during pregnancy
A Ship travelling is not the worst option for you. But before planning, you should consider some factors.
You may encounter with the seasickness, please before travelling to ship / cruise, consult your physician for anti- seasickness medication.
Check for the detail service provided by the ship/cruise company. Whether they are having any doctor with them during travelling for any emergency.
Car Travelling during pregnancy
During a long car trip, you should take care of yourself. Make your seat more comfortable by using pillows. Try to limit driving to no more than 5 or 6 hours each day. Take a break in between the drive, to move around and stretch your legs. Always wear your seat belt in the car. The Seat belt should not make more pressure on your belly.