Is it Safe to Travel in the Second Trimester

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 19, 2013

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  • You can travel if you have had no complications so far.
  • Consult your doctor before planning your trip.
  • Select your seat carefully, preferably an aisle seat, will allow you to move around freely.
  • Make sure that you use a headrest to support the back of your head.

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.

Second trimester pregnant woman traveling safe

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.


When Travelling by Car

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.


When Travelling by Air

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.


How to Travel Safe during the Second Trimester

  • Consult your doctor before planning your trip.
  • Carry a copy of your medical records with you.
  • Increase fluid intake because the body requires more fluids during the advanced stages of pregnancy.
  • Carry dried fruits, nuts and fresh juices with you.
  • In order to ensure perennial blood flow, take a walk every hour. If you have to remain seated then stretch yourself at regular intervals. You may simply flex your ankles.
  • Select your seat carefully, preferably an aisle seat so that you can walk about freely in case you're restless.
  • Avoid travelling to countries that require you to get immunisation.
  • Be sure to wear your seat belt in the car; you and your baby are safer when buckled in.  For maximum security and minimum pressure you can place the belt diagonally between your breast and the lower strap across your pelvis.
  • Make sure that you use a headrest to support the back of your head. This will not only help you with with your comfort but also prevent neck injuries in the case of an accident.

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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