Many expectant mothers have concerns about travelling. Travelling during the second trimester is generally safe for women who are healthy and have not had any complicationss as yet.
Even though there are no immediate medical complications linked to second trimester, it is still important to take certain precautions when planning to travel, especially long distances. Following are the precautions you must take to ensure that you and your baby are safe.
Travelling in a car enables you to take a break whenever you need them. You can stop the car for snack breaks or even for stretching your body (which doctors highly recommend during pregnancy). You must avoid driving water but if you have to, try to do so in turns.
Most airlines allow women to travel in their second trimester but it wise to take medical clearance with your health care provider. Air travel during pregnancy is often associated with certain health risks such as sickle cell disease, placental insufficiency and clotting disorders. The good news is that the risk of all these conditions is least during the second trimester of pregnancy. If you are travelling to other time zones, you may face experience indigestion and bloating.
Travelling is mostly not proscribed by experts because it is impossible for anyone, pregnant or not pregnant, to avoid travelling at all for 9 months. Make sure that you take all the necessary precautions before travelling and let your doctor know about it before you set out for the trip.
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