Despite what your mother or even your friends might tell you, it is simply not true that you cannot travel while you are pregnant. You may have close friends and family who protectively tell you that traveling during your pregnancy is not recommended, but as long as you have no pregnancy complications, traveling, flying, or driving should be fine.
In fact, you can enjoy your trip.
Of course, you will take some safety precautions if you are driving or flying for any length of time while you are pregnant. It will be easier even if you do not go yourself. A friend or partner can be changed to be a driver or help carry things for you at the airport to reduce your load.
Driving while pregnant
You may have your own concerns about the journey. You may be worried that you spend most of your time in the air or in the car with your head in a paper bag and not enjoying the scenery. There is no evidence that pregnancy increases your chances of suffering from motion sickness. But if you have had motion sickness in the past, you may be able to get it again while you expect.
If you are driving to your destination, try sitting in the front seat and keeping the window cracked open for a fresh stream of air circulating through the vehicle. It can help focus on a distant object on the horizon while in the car.
It is important to wear the seat belt correctly when traveling during your pregnancy. It may be uncomfortable, but the belt protects both you and your baby. Your lap belt should be tight across your hip bones or directly under your belly. Do not let the seat belt ride up and cross or cross your stomach. The shoulder belt should be placed at your breasts, not at your neck.
If your seat has an airbag, it is recommended to push the seat back as far as possible.
Since the baby is probably squeezing the bladder, you may need to take frequent stops to use a toilet so that you will have the opportunity to get out and stretch your legs.
If the worst case happens and you are in an accident, do not hesitate to be examined in an emergency room, even if it was a minor accident. While your womb is a safe, protective environment for your baby, there are complications that can occur as a result of a car accident. Get checked out – just to be safe.
Flying while pregnant
As long as your pregnancy is normal and healthy, you should be able to fly with a commercial aircraft up to 35 weeks.
While there is no increased danger for women flying in the earliest stages of their pregnancies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have recommended that the safest time to fly is when you are 18 to 24 weeks pregnant. This is the time when the chance of miscarriage has decreased and before you can be most exposed to working hours in advance.
If you plan to fly, it may make you feel more comfortable sitting in a middle seat or a seat in the bulkhead as they tend to have more legroom.
Just as you should do when driving, make sure that the seat belt is securely fastened to your hips and under your belly.
Make an effort to get up and walk every 30 minutes as you fly. If you are not able to, try bending your feet and ankles as much as possible to help with your circulation.
Whether you travel by boat, car or plane, you can enjoy your vacation. Drink lots of water, eat healthy meals, get plenty of sleep and have fun.
Your biggest adventure is about to happen with the arrival of your baby. Before this happens, take the time to look after yourself.