Traveling while pregnant might seem like an uncomfortable experience. Your pregnancy hormones may be making you feel nauseous, and the thought of travel could make you feel anxious. Here are some tips for making your travel during pregnancy, more comfortable:
- Time your trip
The dreaded morning sickness subsides for most women by their second trimester. This is ideally the best time traveling while pregnant, as even the fatigue of the last trimester has not yet set in. Try and time your trip between the 20 and 30 week of your pregnancy. It is best to avoid travel after 36 to 38 weeks of pregnancy. Most airlines ask for a certificate from your doctor if you’re going to deliver within 30 days of the date of travel. If you have a high risk pregnancy, make sure you ask our team of expert doctors at KIMS Cuddles to find out if it is safe for you to travel.
- Travel close-by
Although it is extremely tempting to travel to far-off locations before the birth of your baby, staying closer to home might be a wiser decision. It is also better to avoid places at higher altitudes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women (especially those with complicated and high-risk pregnancies) avoid sleeping at altitudes higher than 12,000 feet. Also, make sure to get your vaccines up to date before you travel.
- Take your prenatal records along
When you’re traveling while pregnant, make sure you carry a copy of your prenatal records along wherever you go. This is essential in case of any emergency or complication that might arise in your pregnancy. Also, find out the hospital nearest to the place where you’ll be staying.
- Travel by road
Although travel by air or train might be faster, car travel is the best option for pregnant moms. This is mainly because road travel offers you the opportunity to travel on your own pace and make as many pit stops as you want. You can stop for snacks or just stretch for a while. In case you’re going to travel in a car, make sure to keep the total travel time down to 6 hours per day to reduce stress and fatigue.
- Stay Hydrated
According to the American Pregnancy Association, pregnant women should drink eight to 12 glasses of water per day, in order to ensure that their amniotic fluid is renewed and breast milk production is on track, among other health benefits. If you’re traveling by air, you’re more likely to become parched. While it is important to drink water at all times during pregnancy, it is even more important during travel.
- Eat Healthy
When you’re packing for foods to eat on your journey, make sure you include healthy options that are part of your regular diet. Avoid salty foods that can cause retention of fluids and cause swelling. Travel-friendly options like whole grain granola bars, mini-boxes of raisins and pre-cut carrots can keep you feeling fantastic during travel.
- Keep Moving
There is a small risk of developing blood clots during travel while pregnant. When movement is restricted, it can cause your blood circulation to slow down and cause clots. If you’re traveling by air, make sure you get up and move about as often as possible. Stretch your legs every two hours during road trips.
If you’ve got any other travel related query during your pregnancy period, get in touch with the doctors at KIMS Cuddles and travel safe!
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance