Planning a trip during pregnancy can be tricky. You may question whether or not it is safe to travel at all when expecting! What about flying? How long can I sit in a car? Don't worry. Travel has been deemed safe by doctors for the vast majority of expecting mothers. The only worry you should have is when to travel. The second trimester (months 4-6) is the best time for most pregnant women to travel. For most morning sickness has vanished or eased and a few OB visits are behind them and have helped them relax and enjoy their pregnancies. Here are a few safety guidelines, some of which can be found in Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year for traveling in your second trimester:
Always wear your seatbelt. Auto accidents are the most common cause of death amongst pregnant women.
It is safe to fly as long as you are less than 35 weeks pregnant.
Walking through metal detectors will not harm you or your baby.
No matter what your form of travel, make sure to avoid sitting for several hours at a time. This will allow blood to pool in your legs, causing blood clots. To avoid this, simply get up and walk around periodically.
Drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks before boarding an airplane and during the flight to help prevent dehydration.
If you are traveling out of country, be sure to check with your doctor for any immunizations you may need.
Avoid drinking the water in other countries. Take bottled water with you. This means avoid using ice as well.
There are a few tips and tricks to help travel during your second trimester be a comfortable experience for you:
Remember that buses and trains have small aisles and small bathrooms. If your trip is particularly long, this may be quite uncomfortable for you.
Take comfortable, low heeled, shoes for walking. This will help prevent back ache.
Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing.
Snack often to keep your blood sugar stable and help prevent nausea.
Take your own pillows for overnight trips to help you get the best night's sleep possible.
Take time to rest as often as you can while on a trip. Standing and walking for long periods of time can cause leg cramps and backache.
As long as you have a normal and healthy pregnancy, there is no reason not to take time and enjoy a vacation before you embark on the new journey of parenthood. With a few precautionary measures, you can have a safe and enjoyable travel experience.