Travelling is great! Who doesn’t love a good holiday?
Now that your pregnant things get a little bit more complicated..
there are so many more things that need to be taken into account.
The best time for travelling is in your second trimester. Your risk of miscarriage is less than it was in your first trimester, and you’re not as big as a house yet.. 😛
Choosing a place to travel to is difficult enough when you’re not pregnant, with glossy magazines advertising your dream escape to the white sands and clear waters of fairytale lands. Now choosing a place involves more thought processes..
Things to keep in mind:
- Will you be at a health risk? (remember that vaccines should not be administered during pregnancy.)
- Have you had problems in previous pregnancies? (ectopic pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, miscarriage, premature labour?)
- Are you having twins or more?
- Are you over 35?
Booking something not too far from home is advisable in all stages of pregnancy, but if you must travel a while, there are some things you need to think about and plan for.
Things to think about when you’re travelling long distances:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -avoid dehydration and do leg exercises.
- Make sure you’re within flying range. (most air companies won’t let you fly past a certain point in your pregnancy, and will expect you to have written permission from a doctor on you. check these out before booking your flights.)
- Check the fine print in your travel insurance. (some policies don’t cover pregnancy.)
Some general travel tips:
- wear your seatbelt under your bump.
- stretch when possible, or wear support stockings.
- keep your fluid intake up.
- If you have contractions see a doctor as soon as possible. if you’re flying make sure you have paracetamol with you. They should slow down the labour process.
- Wear loose fitted, comfortable clothing.
- avoid rushing/ stress. (give yourself plenty of time to plan)
Activities to avoid:
- scuba diving
- saunas and hot tubs
- horse riding
- mountain climbing (over 3,000 m)