When you’re pregnant, everyday things sometimes require a little extra precaution and thought. Traveling is one activity that can be safe and enjoyable during pregnancy, but you may need to do a few extra tasks to ensure you’re keeping yourself and your baby healthy throughout the trip. Here are some pointers:
- Talk with your obstetrician. First and foremost, make sure you’ve discussed any major travel plans with your physician. This is especially important if you’re in your third trimester, carrying multiples, or have any health issues like diabetes, placenta problems, or high blood pressure. Some airlines won’t allow you on board unless you have a note from your physician with your expected due date and a statement of good health. Out of caution, airlines don’t usually allow women beyond 36 weeks of pregnancy to fly at all.
- Look into the nearest hospital with emergency services and/or a maternity ward at your destination. Should you need emergency care while you’re away from home, it’s best to know in advance where you will need to go.
- Keep a list of medications and your obstetrician’s name in a handy place. If you do need to go to an unfamiliar physician or hospital, they will want to have this information.
- Get up and walk around. When it’s safe to do so, get up and walk around the airline cabin to get your blood moving. If you’re driving, try to take breaks every hour to walk around (you’ll probably have to take bathroom breaks anyway!). Consider maternity-support pantyhose to reduce the risk of swollen feet and blood clots.
- Drink plenty of fluids. It’s easy to forget to hydrate when you’re traveling. Make sure you drink water and non-caffeinated fluids throughout your trip.
- Use your seatbelt at all times, whether driving or flying. Keep the belt under your belly, across your lap. Don’t put it across your belly.
- Discuss vaccinations with your obstetrician if you’re traveling abroad. Some live vaccines (such as measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox) are not recommended during pregnancy — so going to an area with these diseases may not be safe if you’re not already immune. Note that other vaccines, such as the flu vaccine and Tdap, are not only safe, but are strongly recommended, during pregnancy.
- Talk to your physician about nausea medication if you need it. If you’re dealing with morning sickness or you have issues with motion sickness, talk with your obstetrician in advance about what he or she recommends. Keep it with you and take it before your trip begins if needed.
With a little preparation, you can have a safe and healthy trip during pregnancy.
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