Pregnancy is often an obstacle for someone to travel. Did you know, weeks 14 to 28 of pregnancy can generally be the best time to travel for pregnant women.
In general, the first twelve weeks and after entering the 36th week of pregnancy, pregnant women are advised not to travel far. In early pregnancy, besides the risk of miscarriage is still high, in addition, some pregnant women often feel nauseated and more easily tired. The risk of miscarriage increases again towards the end of the pregnancy period.
With proper preparation, traveling during pregnancy becomes a safe activity. Before leaving, be sure to check with your doctor first to make sure your womb is healthy enough to travel. It is recommended not to travel to areas with high levels of disease or infection, such as areas with malaria.
There are various ways of traveling with the comfort and risks of each for pregnant women. Pay attention to various details that need to be prepared in different modes of transportation.
Traveling by plane
The following are some things that should be a concern if you are a pregnant mother who will travel by airplane:
- Check the airline policy you will be traveling in regarding passengers who are pregnant. Each airline has its own policy regarding the gestational age of passengers allowed to travel.
- After 28 weeks of pregnancy, the airline may ask for a letter from your doctor explaining that you are not experiencing the risk of complications.
- When booking a seat, make sure the seat position you choose is really comfortable. It is recommended to choose a chair that is close to the hallway, to facilitate movement in and out, go to the toilet, or ask for flight attendants.
- It is recommended to drink lots of water. Low-humidity aircraft conditions can trigger.
- It is recommended to move the limbs every 30 minutes to facilitate blood circulation. A decrease in air pressure during flight can slightly reduce oxygen levels in the blood. In addition, flights of more than five hours also risk making pregnant women experience blood clots. With a lot of movement, blood flow will become smoother.
- To prevent foot swelling, you can cover your feet with long socks or stockings.
- Unless you are constantly traveling by plane, exposure to sunlight radiation in an aircraft is relatively harmless for pregnant women.
- Make sure your seat belt is attached to the lower abdomen to guard in case of turbulence.
But on the other hand, you are advised not to travel by plane if you are in the following conditions:
- Your baby is at risk of being born prematurely.
- There is a problem with your uterine placenta.
- Your pregnancy has reached 36 weeks.
- Based on your particular medical history, doctors advise you not to travel by plane.
To be safe, you should check with your obstetrician first to find out the latest condition of your health and the baby.
Traveling by car
The following are some guidelines if you are a pregnant woman planning to travel long distances by land transportation, such as a bus or car:
- Avoid driving the car alone in a long distance. It is recommended to go with a friend or your partner.
- Wear a seat belt with the upper strap crossing between the breast and the lower strap holding the pelvis to reduce shocks.
- Keep the air circulation in the car still smooth.
- Drink enough water and consume healthy snacks, such as nuts and fruits, to prevent drowsiness and fatigue.
- To reduce pressure on the bladder and improve blood circulation in the legs, try to get off the vehicle at least every two hours. Urinating and walking during breaks can help reduce this pressure.
Bring supplies that you might need in the car such as pillows, jackets, medicines. In addition to driving a car, pregnant women also need to be careful when traveling on a motorcycle while pregnant.
Traveling by Sea Transportation
Traveling by sea is generally quite safe to do during pregnancy. Some considerations that you should pay attention to are:
- Check the policies of the sea transportation service provider that you are going to ride in to have regulations regarding protection of pregnant women. Some companies set regulations not to carry passengers with a certain gestational age.
- Find out whether the sea transportation provides medical services during the trip, especially for pregnant women.
- Eating light, non-greasy snacks can help relieve nausea.
With careful preparation, pregnant women can travel safely and comfortably, without endangering the safety of the baby.