It is often difficult for pregnant travellers to travel long distances, but we have some helpful tips to help you travel with ease when pregnant.
1. Consult your doctor
Your doctor knows best and you should consult the doctor and inform him of your travel plans. Some high-risk pregnancies or complicated cases require additional attention, which is why you should always take professional advice for your safety and that of the baby.
Always follow the doctor’s instructions before traveling anywhere.
2. Plan your trip
The most common emergencies related to pregnancy generally occur in the first and third trimesters, which is why it is worth planning your trip around your second trimester.
Air travel is safe until 34 weeks of pregnancy, but the rules of the airline may vary. If your route takes you on a road trip, be sure to take frequent breaks and move around. Stay safe in a car by using your belt under your belly and getting as far away from the airbag as possible.
If you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor, please consult a doctor immediately.
As a passenger, try stretching your legs, twisting your ankles and moving your toes to help with circulation.
When traveling by bus or train, be careful when crossing narrow aisles and corridors.
Try to limit movement, if possible, when the vehicle stops.
Avoid trips that keep you on the road for more than 5 or 6 hours.
3. Always choose comfort, not style.
Most women are accustomed to wearing high heels, but they always take precautions during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is often uncomfortable, therefore, it is recommended that pregnant travellers take effective measures to reduce discomfort. Consider safety requirements when dressing for travel, say no to wearing high heels or uncomfortable footwear, and wear comfortable clothing.
Don’t forget to adjust your seating arrangement for your comfort. If you purchased an Economy Class ticket, don’t be shy to ask the airline for an upgrade to a more comfortable seat. It may be your lucky day.
5. Check the Airline policy
Check the Airline Policy regarding pregnant travellers. Most airlines will allow you to travel up to 36 weeks on domestic flights and 32 weeks on international flights. If you are visibly pregnant, a doctor’s note indicating your due date may be required.
It is essential to keep all medical records when traveling.
6. Avoid maximum physical activity
Difficult physical activities should always be avoided as this can affect coordination and balance. Use your common sense and only engage in activities that are safe for you and the baby.
There you have it! Some travel tips for pregnant travellers to consider when planning a trip.
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