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If you want to travel, the best stage of pregnancy is the second trimester. Then your still growing tummy will allow you to feel quite comfortable. Travel is usually only contraindicated in cases where pregnancy problems arise. If your pregnancy is going normally and you’ve discussed the holiday with your doctor, here’s what you need to consider for the safety of you and your baby.
Travelling by car during pregnancy
Pregnancy is an extremely important stage and protecting it is paramount from the very first moment. A myth circulating among mums is that wearing a seatbelt could harm the baby. In reality, it’s just a matter of fitting it correctly so that it doesn’t press too hard on your tummy.
Below, you can learn some more useful tips for a trip you can enjoy to the full, without worry:
- if you’re driving a long distance, it’s good to stop often (every 30 minutes), get out and take a few steps to relax your body;
- wear compression stockings (prevent venous hypertension and improve microcirculation);
- if you are not behind the wheel, you can do exercises on the road that help blood circulation (rotating and bending your arms, moving your toes);
- Dizziness in pregnancy is common, so it’s a good idea to keep your brain constantly oxygenated during your time in the car (make sure you have fresh air);
- if you have a longer distance to cover, you and your partner can take turns driving to avoid a road accident due to fatigue;
- avoid heavy meals and ask your doctor what he or she can recommend to reduce motion sickness;
- do not go on holiday without travel medical insurance (the policy will cover care related to pregnancy, labour and premature birth).
Flying during pregnancy
Flying is not dangerous if you have received your doctor’s consent in advance for air travel.
The chance of going into labour is naturally higher after 37 weeks. That’s why some airlines will not allow you to board and fly towards the end of your assignment.
During pregnancy, it is not recommended to travel to parts of the world where you will be susceptible to malaria or Zika virus. You can contract Zika virus if you choose destinations such as:South and Central America, Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Africa, Asia.
If you still choose an exotic destination, talk to your doctor about the vaccinations you’ll need before you get there.
Navigating during pregnancy
Ferry companies operate under their own regulations and may refuse to carry pregnant women for pregnancies over 32 weeks. Always check the policy of the respective company before booking.
For longer boat trips, such as cruises, find out if there is a doctor on board in case of emergency.
Make sure food and water are safe to drink
It’s important to stay hydrated and eat natural foods to provide energy for the walks you have planned. You should also take care to avoid digestive disorders such as diarrhoea. Always check that the tap water is safe to drink. If in doubt, choose to drink bottled water for your and your baby’s safety.
If you are experiencing health problems, contact your nearest doctor immediately. Don’t take medication without asking your doctor. Some medicines to treat stomach disorders are not compatible with pregnancy.