Travelling while being pregnant is still possible. Most airlines allow pregnant women on board until their eight months pregnancy. If you have to travel by plane on your nine months pregnancy, you have to bring necessary document form your health care provider stating they permit you to travel and you are on low risk. However, travelling can be stressful at it is. And it can be worse when you are pregnant because you most likely experience hormonal mood swing, easily fatigue, frequent need to pee, and more. Therefore, travelling during pregnancy should be planed well.
Tips for pregnant women to travel safely
Preparing and planning your travel in advance can help minimize the risk of discomforts you may experience during the trip. Therefore, you will stay comfortable and safe throughout the journey and can arrive safely at your destination. And here are some travel tips for pregnant women.
Choose the Time
Choose good timing to travel during pregnancy. It is recommended to travel when you are on your second semester. Travelling during first or third semester put your pregnancy at higher risks. However, it is safe for you to travel if you have lower risk during your pregnancy. However, make sure to bring documentation requirements.
Always stay hydrated!
Always bring water whenever you are because staying hydrated is a must during travel especially when you are pregnant. Even if it causes you to pee often, you still have to drink regularly and sufficiently. If you still suffer from nausea or morning sickness, it is recommended to pack your own snacks and foods so you will stay nourished properly. Having your own snack ready with you also help to prevent from low blood sugar.
Don’t hold the pee!
Take a pee anytime the restroom is accessible and don’t wait until you cannot hold it in any longer. It can causes you serious problem if you want to take a pee during a turbulence when you are on a flight. Thus, go to the restroom when you get the chance. For example, after before exiting the restaurant, before boarding, etc. You can also choose aisle seat so you have more access to the restroom without having to climb over other passengers.
Be as comfy as you can
Make yourself as comfortable as possible. Wear comfortable clothes that are not too tight or thin. There is high chance for you to feel cold during the flight so you are recommended to wear a pair of socks and a jacket or sweater. However, it is strongly suggested that you pack light unless you have companion who are willing to carry it for you. Carrying heavy bags through your trip can put your body on a toll.
Take frequent breaks and stretches
The stress of the travel can drain your body. You may experience severe fatigue if you force your body to keep moving. Thus, take breaks as frequently. Also, don’t stay in the same position for too long because it can block your blood circulation and cause discomfort. Do not be in a rush during your travel and ask for help if you need it.