How To Travel Safely During Pregnancy

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A pregnant woman may need or want to travel by plane, but, travelling while pregnant may involve its own set of challenges and guidelines. So it is important to know the ins and outs of airline travel to help protect the safety and comfort of women and her unborn baby. Women during pregnancy are at increased risk of becoming infected or developing severe complications from certain infections, which can also affect the fetus. But, with preparation, you can travel safely during pregnancy.

Before you travel:

Consult an OB/GYN:

There are no. of complications with the pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, hypertension or ruptured placenta and there are certain conditions during pregnancy that may aggravate by plane travel. Women, who have previously experienced a premature delivery, miscarriage, fetal loss or any of a number of other health issues, must consult an OB/GYN before planning a trip. Pregnant women should discuss the destination, length of the trip, planned activities and available medical care in another country with their health care provider.


Plan wisely:

Try to choose a destination within a two to three-hour flight because a long haul flight can be uncomfortable during pregnancy. Avoid travelling to high altitudes like above 8000 feet, where there is less oxygen. It can cause altitude sickness. Travelling in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is not preferred because of nausea, feeling of tiredness and as the risk of miscarriage is higher during first three months of pregnancy. Travelling in the last months of pregnancy can be tiring and even most of the airlines won't allow you to travel in the end months. So, the best time to travel during pregnancy is between four and six months.

Ask the airline about their restrictions:

The airline won't allow a pregnant woman to travel without the written consent of a physician or midwife if she is closer to her expected delivery date. Most airlines do not allow travel after 36 weeks pregnancy. In order to travel safely during pregnancy you must ask the airlines about their restrictions first.

During your flight

Plan for your comfort:

Let the airline staff know about your pregnancy and ask them the desired comfortable seat and ask for a blanket and pillow as well. Eat healthy snacks and relax properly.

Avoid doing strenuous activities:

Avoid any activity that puts you at risk for falling. Consider that your ability to keep up balance is likely to decrease as your center of gravity shifts during pregnancy. So avoid carrying heavy luggage.

Drink plenty of Water:

Water plays an important role in the healthy development of the fetus. It helps to form the placenta and it is what a baby relies on to receive nutrient during pregnancy. A pregnant woman needs more water than an average person. So keep drinking plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Keep your medicines with you:

If your doctor has recommended any medicines, make sure you are keeping it with you in your hand carry.

Perform small exercises:

It is important to reduce swelling or discomfort and keep blood flowing during a flight. One of the biggest risks of flying during pregnancy is deep vein thrombosis. Perform small exercises; stretch your calves, flex your knees, roll your ankles and wrist in small circles or move around. It can help reduce cramps or swelling and reduce stiffness. Try to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.