Ten Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
Ten Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
If you’re expecting a baby, it doesn’t mean you need to wait to do any traveling. In fact, it’s considered safe to travel during any stage of pregnancy so long as there are no complications or health concerns. But just because you can, should you? While you definitely need to consider what’s best for you and your little one, there are some things you can do before and during the trip that can make traveling while pregnant more enjoyable.
Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
Comfortable, stress-free travel during pregnancy just takes a little planning in advance, and with these 10 tips, you’ll be ready to embark on a new adventure!
- Safety first! Remember to wear seat belts and use air bags while traveling.
- Avoid sitting for too long. At rest stops or between flights, do some walking and get your blood flowing.
- Prepare for nausea. Traveling can cause nausea or motion sickness – especially in a boat or car – so bring something with you to remedy the feeling should you need it. Just be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication.
- Dress comfortably. Wear supportive shoes and loose, breathable clothing.
- Bring snacks. If you have morning sickness, you may need something immediately to help settle your stomach.
- Move carefully. Try not to get up from your seat on a plane, train, or bus. If it can’t be avoided, be sure to hold on to hand rails or seats so you don’t fall. Consider choosing an aisle seat so you don’t have to climb over other passengers.
- Take a supportive pillow. Getting plenty of rest will help you feel good and better able to enjoy the trip.
- Bring your paperwork. Pack your medical records, prenatal vitamins, insurance, and doctor’s contact information with you.
- Don’t travel alone.
- Avoid diarrhea. Drink bottled water, pasteurized milk, and be very careful with fresh produce and meat.
Timing Your Travel
Many women find the best time for traveling to be during the second trimester when morning sickness has improved and energy has increased. As a general guideline, experts recommend that women with a healthy pregnancy avoid traveling after 37 weeks. For women with a high-risk pregnancy or an increased chance of preterm labor, avoid traveling after 32 weeks gestation. Talk with your healthcare provider about what is best for you and your baby – especially if you are considering international travel.
Before You Go…
Preparing for any unforeseen problems during travel can lend peace of mind and allow you to get help if you need it. Before traveling while pregnant, check for medical services along the route. Find out what kind of medical help is available during each stage of the trip. Verify with the airline before you book a flight to see if there are any restrictions. Some domestic airlines will permit traveling while pregnant through the eighth month, but after that you may need a medical certificate from your doctor or midwife to fly. International airlines may restrict travel as early as 28 weeks. Use airlines that have pressurized cabins, and if you must ride on a small plane, request to fly lower than 7,000 feet. For information on immunizations and zika outbreaks, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before and during your trip.
Traveling while pregnant can still be just as fun… but do it as safely as possible. Have you done any traveling during pregnancy? Share your experiences with us in the comments!
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