It is vacation time. The world around you is abuzz with excitement and you see happy travelers all around with huge backpacks and equally huge smiles and cameras slung around their necks. You run your hand over your tummy with a warm but dubious smile and wonder if you can travel too, now that you’re pregnant. The answer is – yes. But make sure that you are well informed before you start.
If you are travelling during the first trimester, travel by train or air if possible. Bouts of morning sickness can make travelling an unpleasant experience for some ladies during this time. Talk to your doctor before taking the trip, especially if you have any medical complaints.
The best time to travel via air, road or train during pregnancy is the second trimester. You will be most comfortable during this period. The fatigue and nausea of early pregnancy would have subsided by now. The risks of pre-term labour and miscarriage are also less during the second trimester.
Travelling during the third trimester is permitted on airlines upto the 28th-36th week depending on airline policy. You may need a doctor's certificate for travelling in many cases. Avoid travelling by road during the third trimester.
Tips for Safe Travel During Pregnancy
1. Road Travel - Take frequent breaks and plan your travel such that you have clean restrooms to use in between. Stretch back your seat to a reclined position. Wear your seatbelt below your abdomen and drive slowly. Avoid bumpy roads. Try to avoid night travel by road if possible.
2. Air Travel - If possible, avoid long international flights where you’ll have to spend long hours in the air.
3. Rail Travel - Take short walks occasionally. However, do hold on to the railings for support. This is to avoid falling during jerks and sudden stops of the vehicle. Carry a pillow with you to help you relax comfortably.
4. Drink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration. Carry fruits and other eatables with you.
5. Stretch your legs often to avoid blood clots. Certain simple exercises like rotating your ankles and flexing your toes can be done at regular intervals. This gives your legs proper blood circulation and cramps are kept at bay.
6. Carry a copy of your medical records and medicines along with you.Travel with a companion wherever possible.
7. The first and foremost thing to do before you plan a trip is, talk to your doctor. They know you well, and more often than not, their reassurance will clear all your doubts if any.
Have a nice journey !