There’s a commonly accepted opinion that travelling and pregnancy don’t go hand in hand, but in case of trouble-free pregnancy, it’s quite reasonable to travel, of course making some adjustments. According to medical specialists the best time to travel when you are pregnant is the 2nd trimester. However, many women prefer not to cancel their appointments or business trips just for the reason they are pregnant. A little planning and some precautions will make your trip safe and most comfortable it can be. Here is our list of dos and don’ts and some basic tips for travelling when you are pregnant.
• No matter what transportation route you choose or where your destination is you can’t avoid some formalities, among which there is a health check to get a green light from your doctor and professional advice on medications you should or shouldn’t take. Immunizations and disease prevention are also general precautions to help avoid some health issues among which malaria or dengue fever are likely to be when you are traveling in malaria-prevalent areas. Taking prophylaxis is a delicate topic for pregnant women, because in most cases the choice for vaccine and medication is very limited. To make an informed decision consulting with your doctor is a must.
• Depending on where you live the policy provisions may be different, so before your trip be sure to check the fine print. In case of emergency, you’ll probably need your medical notes, so take them wherever you go.
• Before booking your flight check the requirements, because many airlines have restrictions on pregnant women after the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Restrictions are especially strict when a pregnant woman wants to fly a long haul or in case she has twins/triplets.
• Opt for comfortable shoes and loose cotton clothes because unbuttoned or unzipped trousers aren’t super glamorous, are they? Maternity jeans, low-waist shorts and maxi dresses are also a good option. Support stockings or knee-high sock, specially designed for flying will help to prevent blood clots and will relieve swollen veins.
• Some activities as cycling, skayaking or hiking are harmless if you don’t have any contraindications, but the ones which are considered to be more or less risky shouldn’t be on your ‘’to do’’ list during your trip. Anyway, being pregnant is no reason to forego an active trip.
• Drinking plenty of fluids will prevent dehydration, especially during summer trips. You have only to take into account that in some places water is unsafe, so you have to carry bottled water with you. Fruits and vegetables should be an indispensable part of your everyday food. It’s more preferable to take healthy snacks with you, such as dried fruit, cereal bars rather than eating fast food on your way.