Travelling whilst pregnant is considered safe and is not prohibited until late pregnancy. While it is recommeded that a woman avoid travelling as mush as she can, if you must travel, take a few precautions so that the health of the mother and the baby doesn't take a backseat.
Many of you may have to travel during pregnancy, whether it is for business or pleasure. Travelling during pregnancy is safe, though it is also a time when you face additional risks and challenges owing to the changes in physiology of the woman and her unborn baby.
Below are some suggestions to help you plan a smooth trip when you are pregnant.
Planning and packing for a trip itself needs enough time to prepare. This is also because pregnancy makes the ‘to do’ lists much more extensive. Planning each detail of your trip such as the right seats to take while travelling, food options and accommodation in the place you are travelling to lowers stress levels. You must carry basic luggage, pack light and don’t forget travel kit.
Travelling during pregnancy should not cut you out from all the merriment. Try making the right choices of seeking pleasure like going to scenic place rather than a crowded place which can make you anxious and nervous. If night life is something you miss then make up for it by going to a theatre or a museum. Do not undertake any strenuous activity that can be risky. Avoid going to amusement park rides, scuba diving, water sports etc as there is always a risk of fall and injury. Understand that fatigue is common during pregnancy and you need to conserve your energy. Do not overexert and rest whenever it is possible.
Right food habits and nutritious food is all the more important during pregnancy. Try to maintain your daily food schedule and have meals on time. Divide your meals into small portions throughout the day to beat fatigue and other problems. Carry fresh fruits and have packaged water when you travel. Never eat raw served food such as salad, desserts like mousse and soufflés.
Travelling can mean less or no availability of washrooms which can spell discomfort during your pregnancy, when the urge to go to washrooms is quite frequent. Make optimum use of schedules stops to visit the washroom. Carry toilet paper with you just in case you might need it.
Take frequent rests while travelling by stretching and doing little exercises. Do sitting exercises such as leg stretches and rotating your ankles to relax your lower limbs which are prone to blood clots and swelling. Wear supportive but comfortable footwear.
Hot and humid climate can make you prone to yeast infections. Wear loose and breathable clothes and cotton undergarments to keep complications at bay. Keep yourself dry always after a swim to prevent any fungal infection.
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