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Pregnancy Travel Kit - Essentials for Safe Travelling during Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 19, 2013
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  • You must only plan a trip after your doctor agrees to it.
  • Needs of pregnant travellers change with signs specific to their stage of pregnancy.
  • A travel kit will ensure that illnesses related to travelling are prevented.
  • They also ensure that existing medical conditions are managed.

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Been avoiding travelling but can't anymore? If you are worried about developing complications, a travel kit will do you good and make you feel much better and safer on the road, air or water.

Pregnant mum with travel kits

Ideally, a travel kit must ensure that existing medical conditions can be managed even if they get more severe than their present stage, illnesses related to travelling are prevented and that minor health problems are taken care of.

 

Things to Include in the Travel Kit

  • Two pairs of disposable gloves
  • Talcum powder
  • Thermometer
  • Different sizes of adhesive bandages
  • Adhesive tapes
  • Gauze
  • Packets of oral rehydration salt
  • Prenatal Vitamins
  • Elastic bandage wrap for sprains and strains
  • Cotton swabs
  • Antifungal agent for vaginal yeast
  • Antiseptic
  • Acetaminophen
  • Scissors
  • Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial lotions or creams
  • Gels or creams to guard against insect bites
  • High SPF sunscreen
  • Saline eye drops
  • Urine dipsticks and BP cuffs (for pregnant women in their third trimester)
  • Digital thermometer
  • Blisters prevention with moleskin
  • Self-evaluated anti-malarial and anti-diarrhoeal medications


Complications that pregnant mums need to guard against are similar to those that any traveller should. The traveller’s medical history has a bearing on her health and so does the itinerary, particularly during pregnancy.

Fatigue, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, cramping of legs, haemorrhoids and increased frequency of urination are some problems pregnant mums have in common with any traveller.

The needs of pregnant travellers change with symptoms specific to their condition. They are vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramps or pain, passing clots or tissue, ruptured membranes, headaches, visual problems and excessive leg swelling or pain.

 

Other Important Travel Tips

  • It is advised to discuss trip details with your doctor. You must plan something in case your doctor agrees.
  • When you are travelling alone, you must pack light. Carry snacks and a water bottle.
  • Make your trip as comfortable as possible. Book an aisle seat so you can get up to stretch or go to the restroom as easily as possible. If travelling by car, push back your seat to make space to stretch your legs.
  • If you're carrying multiples or are at risk of pre-term labour, you must not travel.
  • Carry a small pillow or slippers if your feet become swollen. Also, take a small blanket as well.
  • It is better to wear loose, comfortable clothing in a fabric that is breathable.

 

Travel kit acts like a first-aid kit in preventing and managing complications that develop during pregnancy and especially, when a pregnant woman is travelling. Make sure that you pack it first thing when you are gathering your travel essentials.

 

Read more articles on Pregnancy and Travel.

 

 

 

If travelling becomes a necessity for pregnant moms, they must carry a travel kit to ensure a hassle-free trip.

 

A travel kit should ensure that existing medical conditions can be managed even if they get more severe than their present stage, illnesses related to travelling are prevented and that minor health problems can be taken care of.

 

General Travel Health Kit for Pregnant Women

 

Two pairs of disposable gloves

Talcum powder

Thermometer

Different sizes of adhesive bandages

Adhesive tapes

Gauze

Packets of Oral rehydration salt

Prenatal Vitamins

Elastic bandage wrap for sprains and strains

Cotton swabs

Antifungal agent for vaginal yeast

Antiseptic

Acetaminophen

Scissors

Antifungal and anti-bacterial lotions or creams

Gels or creams to guard against insect bites

High SPF sunscreen

Saline eye drops

Urine dipsticks and BP cuffs (for pregnant women in their third trimester)

Digital thermometer

Blisters prevention with moleskin

Self-evaluated anti-malarial and anti-diarrhoeal medications

 

The complications that pregnant mums need to guard against can be much the same as any traveller. The traveller’s medical history has a bearing on her health and so does the itinerary, particularly during pregnancy.

 

Fatigue, indigestion, heartburn, vaginal discharge, constipation, cramping of legs, haemorrhoids and increased frequency of urination are some problems pregnant mums have in common with any traveller.

 

The needs of pregnant travellers change with the symptoms specific to their condition. They are vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramps or pain, passing clots or tissue, ruptured membranes, headaches, visual problems and excessive leg swelling or pains.

 

Other Important Travel Tips

 

It is advised to discuss the trip details with your doctor. You must plan something in case your doctor agrees.

When you are travelling alone, you must pack light. Carry snacks and a water bottle with you.

Make your trip as comfortable as it can be. Book an aisle seat so they can get up to stretch or go to the restroom as easily as possible. If travelling by car, push back your seat to make space to stretch your legs.

If you're carrying multiples or are at risk of pre-term labour, you must not travel.

Carry a small pillow or slippers if your feet become swollen. Also, take a small blanket as well.

It is better to wear loose, comfortable clothing in material that is breathable.

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