The current pandemic has made traveling more stressful than ever with staff shortages, canceled flights, and of course, the concern of getting sick before or during a trip. Traveling while pregnant can add to the list of worries. But just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you should stay isolated at home for nine months. There are many precautions you can take to help your trip go smoothly, and keep your body healthy as you get to and from your destination.
First, pick the right time to travel. Consider any symptoms you might be feeling when planning your trip. Traveling in the first trimester might not be a good option if you are experiencing morning sickness. For most pregnant women, the second trimester is the most comfortable time to travel. Make sure your doctor confirms that it is safe for you to travel, too. Travel isn’t recommended if you’re pregnant with conditions like preeclampsia or have a risk of preterm labor. Also check your airline’s guidelines. Most airlines will allow women to travel until they are 36-37 weeks pregnant. If you’re traveling after that you may need a note from your healthcare provider.
Make sure to be prepared for any unexpected situations. Ask your travel agent or hotel how far the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency. If you’re going overseas, confirm that your insurance will cover healthcare where you will be. Planning should also include packing items to keep you comfortable during your trip. Consider packing items like compression socks, nausea remedies, hemorrhoid cream and antacids.
Whether you’re flying or on a long road trip, make sure to move around every few hours. Pregnant women have an increased risk of blood clots. Sitting for too long can increase the risk of getting them.
During your trip, be mindful of what you are eating and drinking. It’s advised to drink bottled water to avoid any diarrheal food borne illness. Hot meals and packaged foods are safer than eating raw foods, street foods or food that potentially has been sitting out for a long period of time.
Finally, although travel restrictions have eased up a bit, pregnant women should consider wearing a mask and wash their hands constantly while traveling.
Despite all these concerns, try to relax and enjoy your trip! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us as we’re here to help you have a great pregnancy.