Good news, traveling while pregnant is perfectly safe, as long as you take a few precautions. We're no longer in the era of being confined to your house for the last trimester, so enjoy the opportunity you have to see the world while you are expecting! Depending on your mode of travel, there are tips and tricks you can use to make your journey more comfortable. Read on for a few suggestions:
Are You Traveling by Car?
Car travel, along with bus and train travel, is perfectly safe even into the very last days of your pregnancy. If you are winding down your third trimester, you may find getting in and out of cars rather awkward, but it can be done. When traveling by car, try to limit your daily trip to around 5-6 hours. If possible, stop often for restroom breaks. It also helps to walk around on these breaks to get your blood circulating. Of course, it goes without saying, but always use your seat belt and make sure your airbags are engaged. The benefits of airbags far outweigh any potential risks if you are involved in a car accident.
Are You Traveling by Air?
If you are planning a trip by plane, please be advised that most commercial airlines allow pregnant women to travel through their 8th month. Although you are allowed to travel, it doesn't make the travel all that comfortable, given that most airplanes have narrow aisles and tiny restrooms. Take advantage of the airport restroom before boarding your flight, and choose an aisle seat for greater comfort. If you must move around, be sure you grab onto the seat backs to stabilize yourself, as turbulence can make moving around on a plane quite dicey.
Are You Traveling by Sea?
Ocean travel is safe for most pregnant women. However, if you are still experiencing morning sickness, be advised that motion sickness may aggravate your situation. Try wearing seasickness bands on your wrists, which use acupressure to relieve the symptoms of motion sickness. You will probably also need to acquaint yourself with the ports of call, and make sure they have medical treatment facilities available just in case.
Are You Traveling Overseas?
Whether you are traveling by air or by water, foreign travel while pregnant is possible, but does require some planning. Be sure to discuss your travel plans with your OB/GYN or midwife, and get his or her approval. You may require immunizations, depending on where you are going, so be sure to discuss the pros and cons with your care provider. Also, be advised that it is common to get diarrhea while traveling to other countries. Make sure you drink bottled water only, and peel all the fruits and vegetables you consume. Wash your hands often, and if the diarrhea worses, make sure you consult with a physician. You don't want to run the risk of becoming dehydrated.
Basic Tips to Remember
While traveling, the best thing you can do is stay comfortable. So wear comfy clothes and good shoes, take frequent breaks, and bring along snacks and water so you stay refreshed and hydrated. Always obey safety rules, and that means staying buckled up, even if you are as big as a house! By following these tips, you can stay comfortable and safe while you travel. Enjoy your trip!