Never thought you could travel while you are pregnant?
Well, travelling while you are pregnant may just be the break you need before the arrival of the little one. The American Congress of obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that the best time to fly is between 14 and 28 weeks (the second trimester). This is the time during your pregnancy that you are the most comfortable and have the greatest amount of energy.
Every pregnancy is different so it is always advisable to check with your obstetrician before you make any travel plans.
Here are a few tips for our pregnant traveller:
- Always take consent from your obstetrician before you make your travel plans
- Take it easy: vacations during pregnancy should be well planned such that you get enough breaks in between your destinations. Also, plan a destination that allows you to relax rather than having an on-the-go vacation.
- When booking a destination: chose a destination close to home so that the fly time is not too long and you won’t be as jet lagged. A cruise is a good option as you get plenty of time to rest between destinations and there almost always is medical help available on board.
- It is advisable to take a medical note from your healthcare provider stating your due date and that you are fit to travel. Some airlines may require this note to let you board.
- While on the flight keep doing leg exercises as demonstrated by the flying crew. This will help with blood circulation. Also, in a case of air travel more than 7 hours, it is advisable to wear compression stockings.
- If you are suffering from nausea related to pregnancy, talk to your doctor. You might get a prescription for anti-nausea pills
- Try and book an aisle seat so that it is easy for you to move around and get to the bathroom when required. Move around as much as possible and try and keep your legs elevated when seated
- Avoid gas-producing foods and carbonated drinks prior to flying since coupled with cabin pressure these foods can cause bloating. Drink plenty of water when on board to avoid dehydration.
- Avoid snacking on junk food and try and carry fresh fruits with you while you are on the move. Pregnant women are more prone to diarrhea and vomiting and food poisoning. So be very careful about where you eat and wash and sanitise your hands regularly.
- Inform people that you are pregnant: It is always advisable to inform people that you are pregnant. In this way, you may be able to avail certain benefits you didn’t know you were entitled to! So go ahead, talk about the bump and enjoy the attention!