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FAQs For Travel During PregnancyTravel during pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting, albeit lengthy phase in your life. It’s important to be careful, but remember you are not ill, just expecting. In general it’s acceptable to travel while you are pregnant, but always talk to your doctor about your plans before you go. If you have a history of miscarriage, are carrying twins or have any health complications you may want to postpone your travel until after you deliver. Consider these FAQs for safe and enjoyable travel during pregnancy .

1. When is the best time to take a trip?

The second trimester is by and large the most comfortable time for women, making it the ideal time to travel. However, the answer really depends on you and your set of circumstances. If you are prone to motion sickness or are experiencing nausea and/or vomiting, traveling in the first few weeks may be uncomfortable, but not impossible. Ask your doctor for suggestions on how to reduce or alleviate your discomfort. Any travel in late pregnancy should be cleared by your OB-GYN, and air travel is prohibited beyond 35 to 36 weeks. Whether your travel by car, plane or boat, get up and walk around at least every couple of hours. Pregnant women are at increased risk of blood clots.

2. Is air travel safe?

Flying during pregnancy is typically safe for women with a healthy pregnancy who are less than 35 weeks pregnant. Anemic women may become lightheaded due to reduced pressure in the cabin so again, ask your doctor before you book your flight. For a comfortable trip, choose an aisle seat, stretch your legs frequently and keep your seat belt fastened during the flight. Avoid salty foods and those that cause intestinal discomfort, and make certain you drink a lot of fluids.

3. Is there anything special I should take along?

It pays to be prepared. Make sure you have your prenatal information handy including records of any problems you may have. Take your favorite healthy snacks along, a travel pillow for extra comfort and anything else you use for relaxing. If you doctor approves, ginger candies, gum or pills can help with nausea and are good for long car or air trips. Pregnant women require extra fluid intake so be sure to take plenty of water and stay hydrated. In addition, research a good Ob-GYN in the area to which you are traveling, and take the knowledge with you.

Don’t see your pregnancy as a nine-month sentence to your house or hometown; it’s okay to travel if you like, as long as your doctor says it is safe. For more information on having a safe, pleasant and healthy pregnancy, or to join our informative forums, contact us.


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