Travel During Pregnancy
If you are like most women, travelling during pregnancy is no problem, as long as you follow a few guidelines. These guidelines are:
- Check with your caregiver to make sure there are no special healthcare concerns that would prevent you from travelling.
- Try to plan any trips for your second trimester, when comfort is the greatest.
- While travelling, walk around often to improve circulation and reduce swelling.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Take along light snacks and juice to prevent hunger and decrease nausea.
- Do no take motion sickness pills or any other medications before checking with your caregiver.
- Take time to eat regularly, nutritious meals.
- Eat plenty of high fiber foods to ease constipation.
- Get your usual amount of sleep, and rest often, elevating your feet.
- If you are travelling far from home, take a copy of your medical record and get the name of a doctor or facility where you could go for treatment if necessary.
- If travelling by car, do not ride for more than 6 hours a day. Stop every 1 to 2 hours to walk around. Always wear a seat belt.
- If travelling by air, sit in an aisle seat for the greatest comfort. Wear layers of clothing so that you can adjust as the cabin temperature changes. Drink plenty of fluids.
- If travelling overseas, drink only bottled beverages, do not use ice in your drinks, and do not eat raw, unpeeled fruits or vegetables. Also, avoid raw or undercooked meat, and make sure that any milk you drink has been pasteurized.
The best guideline you can follow is to keep your plans flexible and to change them according to your body’s signals. If you use common sense, travelling during pregnancy can be a pleasure, not an inconvenience.