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. [Read more…]