Travel Dur­ing Pregnancy

Travellingtravelling pregnantJust because you are preg­nant, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the expe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling to an exotic for­eign coun­try, lay­ing out on the beach and soak­ing up the sun­shine. You and your baby deserve this oppor­tu­nity as much as the next per­son… maybe even more. Below, we have extracted infor­ma­tion for expect­ing moth­ers to be wary of when plan­ning your next trip. Sourced from www​.nhs​.uk:
With the proper pre­cau­tions, and armed with infor­ma­tion on when to travel, vac­ci­na­tions and travel insur­ance, most women can travel safely well into their pregnancy.

Wher­ever you go, find out what health­care facil­i­ties are at your des­ti­na­tion in case you require urgent med­ical atten­tion. It’s a good idea to take your med­ical records with you so you can give doc­tors the rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion if nec­es­sary. You can find out more about get­ting health­care abroad.

Make sure your travel insur­ance cov­ers you for any even­tu­al­ity, such as pregnancy-​related med­ical care dur­ing labour, pre­ma­ture birth and the cost of chang­ing the date of your return trip if you go into labour.

When to travel in pregnancy

Some women pre­fer not to travel in the first 12 weeks of preg­nancy because of nau­sea and feel­ing very tired dur­ing these early stages. The risk of mis­car­riage is also higher in the first three months, whether you’re trav­el­ling or not.

Trav­el­ling in the final months of preg­nancy can be tir­ing and uncom­fort­able. So, many women find the best time to travel or take a hol­i­day is in mid-​pregnancy, between four and six months.

Fly­ing in pregnancy

Fly­ing is not harm­ful to you or your baby, but dis­cuss any health issues or preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tions with your mid­wife or doc­tor before you fly.

The like­li­hood of going into labour is nat­u­rally higher after 37 weeks (around 34 weeks if you’re car­ry­ing twins), and some air­lines will not let you fly towards the end of your preg­nancy. Check with the air­line for their pol­icy on this.

After week 28 of preg­nancy, the air­line may ask for a let­ter from your doc­tor or mid­wife con­firm­ing your due date, and that you aren’t at risk of complications.

Long-​distance travel (longer than five hours) car­ries a small risk of blood clots (deep vein throm­bo­sis, or DVT). If you fly, drink plenty of water and move about reg­u­larly – every 30 min­utes or so. You can buy a pair of sup­port stock­ings in the phar­macy over the counter, which will reduce leg swelling.

Travel vac­ci­na­tions when you’re pregnant

Vac­cines are not rec­om­mended because of con­cerns that the virus or bac­te­ria in the jab could harm the baby in the womb. You are gen­er­ally advised to avoid trav­el­ling to coun­tries where immu­ni­sa­tion is required.

“How­ever, if you must travel to areas requir­ing inoc­u­la­tion, you should get your jabs,” says Sarah. “The risk of catch­ing an infec­tious dis­ease far out­weighs the risk from vaccination.”

Some anti-​malaria tablets aren’t safe to take in preg­nancy so con­sult your GP for advice.

Car travel in pregnancy

Fatigue and dizzi­ness are com­mon dur­ing preg­nancy so it’s impor­tant on car jour­neys to drink reg­u­larly, eat nat­ural, energy-​giving foods (such as fruit and nuts) and stop reg­u­larly for a break.

Keep the air cir­cu­lat­ing in the car and wear your seat­belt with the cross strap between your breasts and the lap strap across your pelvis under your bump, not across your bump.

Road acci­dents are among the most com­mon causes of injury in preg­nant women. Avoid mak­ing long trips on your own and share the dri­ving with your companion.

Sail­ing in pregnancy

Ferry com­pa­nies have their own restric­tions and may refuse to carry heav­ily preg­nant women (often beyond 32 weeks). Check the ferry company’s pol­icy before you book. For longer boat trips, such as cruises, find out if there are onboard facil­i­ties to deal with preg­nancy and if there are med­ical ser­vices at the dock­ing ports.

For­eign food and drink risks in pregnancy

Take care to avoid food– and water-​borne con­di­tions, such as stom­ach upsets and trav­ellers’ diar­rhoea (TD). Some med­i­cines for treat­ing stom­ach upsets and traveller’s diar­rhoea aren’t suit­able dur­ing pregnancy.

Photo orig­i­nally from www​.onlymy​health​.com

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