Travelling can be tiresome for anyone, and even more so if you are with child. With a little forethought, your journey will be more enjoyable, and less of a strain on both you and your baby. Whatever the mode of transport, it is generally safe to travel when pregnant; here are some points to consider before setting off.
Travelling by car
Make sure you wear your seatbelt and it is adjusted correctly on both lap and shoulder restraints, to give you both maximum protection. The strap should not cut across your abdomen for obvious reasons. The vehicle should be fitted with airbags, which provide an important cushion upon impact, should an accident occur. This is especially important for pregnant women, as the stresses caused by impact can seriously damage the unborn baby. If you are sitting in the front, adjust the seat as far back as possible, giving you plenty of legroom. It is advisable to take short breaks every two hours, being in a confined space for a long period is not good for your blood circulation. Stretch often, take a comfortable pillow, and try to relax.
Train and bus travel
Extended journeys mean you need to move around often. Buses tend to have narrow aisles and restrooms, so it is important to use the handrails when walking, especially in a moving vehicle. Travelling during pregnancy requires a bit more consideration, so take time to plan your needs. As a rule, it is better to avoid moving around while the vehicle is in motion, but if you must use the restroom, take extra care.
With an uncomplicated pregnancy, airlines will allow you to travel up to your eighth month, and travel during the final four weeks is permitted if your doctor agrees. Try to secure an aisle seat, as this makes frequent restroom visits more convenient. It also allows you to stretch your legs without having to move very much. Even if your pregnancy is uncomplicated, it is better to avoid long flights in the final month. Each airline has its own set of rules regarding this, so you must check with the airline before buying your ticket. Here are some important points to consider:
– Carry your prenatal records
– Have your doctor provide you with paperwork showing your due date
– Make sure you allow for the return flight when working out dates
If you are over 28 weeks pregnant, you should take out insurance to cover premature birth and labour costs, should you deliver early. It is strongly advisable to avoid travelling to any malaria-affected regions while pregnant, as this can be fatal for both mother and baby. If in doubt, discuss this with your care provider before planning the trip. Wear loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, especially on long haul flights.
By considering the above points, your journey should be less strenuous and allow you to relax and enjoy the trip. Stress is not good at any time, especially when you are pregnant. Remember that careful planning beforehand will eliminate any stressful situations arising.