TIt is quite difficult to spend a longperiod of nine months without traveling. Fortunately, pregnancy is not a periodthat will prevent traveling for many pregnant women.
Travel by car or air travel is safe if pregnant women do not suffer from health problems such as bleeding, premature birth threat, coagulopathies, hypertension.
Travel Tips for Pregnant Women
- Take snacks while traveling
It reduces dizziness and nausea that may occur due to the loss of blood glucose and, especially to prevent you from starving on long flights and car trips.
- Get comfortable by resting with your legs
You should stand up for at least 5-10 minutes at one-hour intervals, you may walk to stretch your leg muscles, if possible.
- Drink plenty of water
A pregnant woman always needs to consume plenty of fluids, but it can be neglected during traveling. Therefore, premature labor and contractions may begin. You need to have a bottle of water with you. Keep in mind that although your body is dehydrated, there may not always be a sign of thirst. It, of course, may mislead you.
- Choose comfortable travel outfits and wide shoes-slippers
The best time to travel is between 14-28 weeks of pregnancy, the second trimester. Stomach problems such as nausea and vomiting and the risk of miscarriage are left behind during this period. You will feel better both psychically and mentally in this period. The premature birth rate is very low since there is still much time to give birth.
In spite of all this, it can be safelytraveled until the last month of pregnancy. One of the most important things isthat you need to see your doctor whether there is any risk, or not especiallyin the last months before the trip. You may also need to get the report thatthe plane companies want. Many airlines company wants pregnant women to get adoctor’s report from 28 weeks to 34 weeks of gestation.
Travel by Plane
Perhaps it is the safest way to travel. The most important reason for it is that many flights do not exceed 1-2 hours. Nowadays, many expectant mothers prefer air travel, and it is very normal to be concerned about this situation. However, travel in pressurized aircraft is extremely safe for pregnant women. Due to pressure changes, the saturation of blood oxygen decreases slightly at high altitudes, but your body quickly adapts to it and, it does not cause a problem.
When traveling by plane, you need to choose an aisle seat. You should not eat or drink something that will make gas before a flight. If the trip takes longer, you can move or walk and do stretching exercises at one-hour intervals. You have to wear your seatbelt and make sure that your belt passes under the abdomen and over the pelvic bones when you wear it.
Travel by Car
You should plan your travel during pregnancy, and you should not travel more than 5-6 hours per day. You need to know that travel by car can be very tiring, you may see your gynecologist after the trip, if necessary. You have to wear your seat belt properly. One of the most important complications caused by long trips or inactive legs is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. The cause of these complications which can lead to serious health problems is not because of the way of travel but the extension of time. If you are unable to move, the DVT risk is doubled in a 4-hour trip.
Don’t forget to take old medical records that you have before any journey. Knowing the location and contact numbers of the health institutions on your route is may be useful during traveling.