Many women think that there are activities that they cannot do while they are pregnant. Traveling is one of the most common ones and the question that often arises is: “Can I travel while pregnant?”. The simple answer is it depends.
Unfortunately though, there is a common belief out there that you can’t and this keeps many women at home when they could be out and enjoying the world before their babies arrive. If you are wondering whether you are able to travel safely when you are pregnant, here are some things to consider that can help keep both you and your unborn child safe.
Of course, as with anything else, it is important to talk to your doctor before you do any traveling. You will want to have some information that you can give them in order to tell whether a particular trip will be a good idea. That way they will be able to perform an accurate assessment as to whether traveling is a good idea or not.
How Far Along Are You?
You may want to think about how far along you will be when you are traveling. For example, if you are in the first three months of your pregnancy, it may not be a good idea to travel. You will most likely not feel well enough to go on a long plane or car trip due to the symptoms of nausea. If you have to travel for business, you need to be well prepared. You may find that you will suffer from motion sickness even if you have never done so in the past.
If you are in the second trimester (months four, five or six) this is an ideal time to travel. You will often feel good and your stomach will not be so large that you will be uncomfortable while you are in transit. Often, this is a good time for you and your partner to get away on a vacation as you will be able to enjoy yourself more than you would at the beginning or at the end of your pregnancy.
The final three months may not be the best time to travel for long distances. If you are being monitored by a doctor because you are having a high risk pregnancy, you may actually be told that you cannot travel. This is not as common as you might think, though. You should ask your doctor if there is a point after which they do not want you to travel.
How Are You Traveling?
The way in which you will be traveling will also affect what extra steps you need to take in order to ensure you and the baby are both healthy and happy throughout your journey. For example, pregnant women who are traveling by car should make sure that they are able to stop frequently. They may need to do so because of the need to use a bathroom but an expectant mother should also ensure that she gets up and walks around. For some women, sitting for too long can increase the chance that they may develop blood clots.
This is also true for women who are traveling by air. If you are using a plane to get from one point to another you should ensure that you get up and walk around the cabin as much as possible. Using compression socks can also help you prevent blood clot formation while you are in transit. Also, if you have a maternity pillow that is not too big in size, you should definitely bring it with you.
What are you wearing?
If you are pregnant, what you are wearing when you travel is important. You want to make sure that you are comfortable and that you do not wear garments that are overly restrictive. Because you may feel overly warm when you are pregnant, it is a good idea to wear layers. These can be put on or taken off as needed as you are faced with changing temperatures.
What Are You Eating?
During your travels, you may not always have regular access to food or water. It is very important to make sure that you have access to water if you become thirsty or overheated. Having a supply of nutritious snacks with you can also be a good idea if you are traveling during pregnancy. It can keep your blood sugar at a fairly even level and can help you decrease nausea or indigestion if you are prone to experiencing these things.
You may also want to make sure that you are eating at regular intervals as well. This may be difficult to do if you are moving across time zones but you will be much more comfortable if you do. If you bring some of your favorite food with you whenever possible you will be able to eat when your stomach tells you to and not when you happen to come across a restaurant or food stall.
When you are on vacation and are eating the local cuisine you should make sure that it is cooked properly. You want to make sure you are doing everything you can to avoid food poisoning as this can have serious consequences for a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
As you can see, it is not hard to stay safe, comfortable and healthy even if you are traveling while pregnant. Always make sure that you speak with your doctor and find out if there is anything you need to do or to avoid doing in order to keep both you and the baby safe and happy even if you are on the move.