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Safety Precautions while Travelling during Pregnancy


Taking right precautions is a must while travelling during pregnancy. Here is what you must know if you are planning to travel during pregnancy.


Pregnancy and travel can get a bit tricky, but if precautionary measures are carried out, there is nothing to worry about. There is no need to keep yourself confined within the walls of your house. All you need is the proper knowledge about how to keep yourself comfortable and what things you should avoid during travel.

Although, during pregnancy the various health issues like morning sickness, stress, heartburn, infection etc. are likely to crop up, proper medical help and expert advice can indeed give you the possibility of travelling as well as keeping you and your baby in safety. Here are a few tips as to how you can reduce the effects the course of travel can have on your body and your baby so that you can travel healthy and comfortable.


Consult your Physician before Travel


It is highly necessary to consult your doctor before you go for a trip. He or she may most likely advice you to travel in the middle of your pregnancy because most of the issues and emergency cases related to pregnancy occur less during this time. Your doctor will also inform you regarding any of the physical concerns regarding your pregnancy and also ask you to undergo tests if needed.


Be Careful to Avoid Health Issues during Travel

When you hit the road, chances are that you will be eating out more because you cannot indulge in the comfort of home-cooked meals and maintaining a healthy diet will be hard. All sorts of junk foods and fatty foods will come your way. Cut-back on foods which are more likely to cause gas.

If you are traveling by air, the shifting in time zones will also change the timings of your meal hence, resulting in issues like heartburn, indigestion and constipation. It can be avoided by eating several smaller meals instead of three large meals and chew on your food thoroughly. Drinking an adequate amount of water also helps. However, if you have pregnancy complications, it is advisable to postpone long trips. It is safe to travel to places in a closer proximity to home.


Pack all your Medications


Pack a sufficient supply of the prescription medicines, prenatal vitamins, and even other remedies is mandatory during your trip.  If you are going somewhere, where those medications are not easily available, this will come in handy and you do not have to rely on other sources. Carrying first aid is also highly advised.


Dress Light

Pregnancy causes various bodily changes in a woman before the baby is born. It is normal for a woman’s clothes to become tight overnight due to the changes in shape and size of the body that pregnancy causes. However, tight clothes can be highly uncomfortable for the mother as it applies a lot of pressure in various body parts. Certain issues are bound to develop if you wear tight clothes while carrying your baby in your womb. One of the major issues caused is heartburn. This is mainly caused by wearing tight-fitted clothes at the waist. Progesterone is the hormone that relaxes the stomach muscles thereby pushing the digestive acids up the esophagus resulting in heartburn. Wearing tight clothes may also result in the same. Hence, wearing loose clothes will not only provide you comfort, but also prevent more chances of heartburn.


Put your Common Sense to Use

If you are planning for a vacation during pregnancy, the first thing that your common sense will tell you is to wisely choose your destination. Long hours in flight can cause a little discomfort. So choose someplace which is in close proximity to your home. List the number of things you want to carry along and you need. As for instance, a side pillow for short naps during your travel. Staying comfortable is also of first priority during pregnancy. Do not plan on anything that will cause you an unnecessary amount of stress and fatigue.

Pregnancy is the perfect time to take it easy and spend time in leisure. Taking vacations once in a while is absolutely fine. During earlier ;'times, travel during pregnancy was out of question, but now, in the recent times, it is cake walk. However, even though it is minimal, there are risks involved and care should be taken so as to not cause any harm to you and your baby.


Is it safe to travel during pregnancy? What precautions should be taken while travelling during pregnancy? When is it safe to travel during pregnancy? Discuss here.

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