Sunday, July 22, 2012

Traveling during pregnancy

Traveling during pregnancy

How To Make Sure That Travel During Pregnancy Is Safe

Author: Adam Leyton

Travel during pregnancy should be planned carefully. Here is a checklist of factors you might want to take into consideration when you plan to travel during pregnancy.

The best time to travel during pregnancy is in the second trimester, that is when you are 14 to 27 weeks into the pregnancy. This is period when you are least likely to be experiencing debilitating fatigue and morning sickness or to go into early labour. This is the time when you are most likely to be ‘glowing'!

Women in the later part of the third trimester are often advised to stay close to medical facilities. There are some precautions which you need to take when you travel during pregnancy.

Travel during pregnancy becomes more difficult as the typical problems of pregnancy like fatigue, heartburn, pelvis pain and increased frequency of urination become increasingly acute. Therefore, you have to plan ahead as to how you would handle these issues without overly inconveniencing your fellow travelers and yourself.

1. Carry medical records. Make sure that you carry essential medical records like your prenatal card/notes with you. Once your doctor has given you the go ahead, you may book your tickets. You should also be aware of your blood type and the antibiotics and foods you are allergic to.

2. Don't travel alone. Before you make plans to travel during pregnancy, make sure that someone is going along with you where possible. This could be bit of a problem for work travel but if the company is sympathetic, you could work out an agreeable arrangement.

3. Check your health and travel insurance. When you decide to travel during pregnancy, ensure that your travel insurance is valid, especially if you are travelling overseas. Ensure that the health cover you have is also valid for pregnancy. You would also be required to take out a supplementary health insurance policy as well as one, which covers medical repatriation. Read the fine print, as many of these policies don't cover pregnancy related illnesses.

4. Check out the medical facilities. Travel during the third trimester is generally undesirable but if the travel is unavoidable, then it is best that you check out what medical facilities are available at your destination. This is relatively easy as most of the information is available online.

5. Be careful about what you eat. You have to be absolutely meticulous about what you eat and drink. Make sure that the meals are cooked well, while dairy products should be pasteurized. If you feel suspicious about the freshness of any food, you should avoid it. If you are travelling in a third world country, make sure you drink only bottled water. Salads, especially ones which are laid out on buffet tables are to be avoided at all costs, as these pre-dressed salads attract a lot of bacteria.

Make sure you carry your own snacks and fruit, especially on long haul flights and long overland drives. The snacks really come in handy when you feel faint because of a variation in the blood sugar levels.

With some caution, you can have a pleasant and enjoyable travel during pregnancy.

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