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Baby On Board… On Board: Travelling While Pregnant

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Travelling while being pregnant involves a whole set of strict rules, guidelines and challenges. The crucial thing needed is advanced planning. You don’t need to lock yourself in while pregnant, but it is important to realize that every case is different. And of course, you can’t do squat without consulting with your doctor first.

While planning a travel trip for 2 in 1, consider buying trip insurance. You can never know what can happen during a pregnancy, and this way you’re covered if you have to cancel for any reason. Have another check-up right before your trip so you can get a total green light from your doctor. If your doctor, on the other hand, doesn’t give you a green light, don’t take the trip anyway. No means no!

While packing, don’t forget to bring along all relevant ultrasounds and copies of your prenatal records, and of course your vitamins and any other medication you need.

Keep them with you, along with other medication you brought, in case you get separated from your bags.

Get a phone number of a local doctor and give your travel companion the phone number of your obstetrician just in case.

While picking a travel location, have in mind the length of the trip you might have to take and means of getting there. In general, traveling is OK during the entire pregnancy, but if you have a complicated pregnancy involving more than one baby, hypertensive disease, severe nausea, preterm labor, placenta previa and any other complication you should not fly under any means.

That comes with common sense, doesn’t it? Any sort of transportation is OK, even by an airplane but it’s necessary for pregnant women to walk around every hour during flight. Airlines don’t have a problem with pregnant women flying until a month to their due date, but after 37 weeks (34 in case of twins) some airlines will not allow them to fly.

Don’t forget to check the airline’s policy on that. Sometimes they may ask for a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date.

Most women prefer not to travel in the first 12 weeks due to the nausea and all-around tiredness. The risk of miscarriage is also higher in that period, but that has nothing to do with travelling. Drink bottled water, keep hydrated and eat. Remember, you’re not eating only for yourself, so even if you aren’t hungry during travel, your baby needs nutrition. The best time for travelling during a pregnancy is in mid-pregnancy.