Need an escape from reality so that you can put things into perspective? You might be having the itch to travel yet again, even though you’re pregnant. Is it really safe to travel during pregnancy? Let’s see what you have to be careful about if you’re about to pack your bags and go places!
Is it safe to travel during pregnancy?
It might not be completely safe to travel during pregnancy, but you’re free to do as you (and your practitioner) deem fit. What you can do to minimize the risk is to come up with a relatively relaxed plan so that you don’t come back feeling exhausted. Take time to recharge and be ready to accommodate to changes in the weather and changes in your condition since your hormones can make you feel more tired easily while pregnant. You know your body best, so rest when you feel like you have to.
Travel during the first trimester of pregnancy
Mild morning sickness, no signs of strange bleeding, no lower abdominal pain? If your practitioner says you’re fit as a fiddle and there aren’t any potential problems hindering you from taking a holiday, lucky you – you can go on a holiday! Your practitioner will most likely allow you to travel if there weren’t any risks of an early pregnancy loss or any abnormalities with the fetus in the first trimester.
Travel during the second trimester of pregnancy
Your practitioner might have told you that the second trimester will give you a little more freedom – your belly isn’t yet very big and you can still move about freely at will and as the placenta is completely formed, the risk to the fetus is relatively low. Although there is still a chance that something might occur, overall, the second trimester is considered the best time to pack your bags and go if your condition is good.
Travel during the third trimester of pregnancy
To put it simply, no, especially in the last month of pregnancy. Your belly is too big, you’d better not get on a plane, the potential risks are too high…the list goes on. Your practitioner will most likely remind you not to do so. If you really need to travel in the third trimester, ask your practitioner and follow his/her instructions.
What should I note when planning to travel during pregnancy?
Watching over your own body
If you feel tired or feel any changes in your physical condition, stop and take a rest. You might also want to make a mental note to check where the nearest hospital from where you’re spending the day at is located at. Although you’re most likely in no imminent danger if you’ve been given permission to travel, but you can never be too prepared when it comes to pregnancy and protecting your baby and yourself.
Thinking of taking local transport to move around? If you can, take trains. Trains, unlike planes, might be a more pregnant-friendly mode of transport. If you’re getting on an airplane, you not only have to choose a seat that makes it easier for you to access the toilet, you have to constantly drink up so as not to get dehydrated. Also, stand up and stretch your limbs from time to time. You might want to think about hopping on a local train or going on a drive and doing a domestic holiday.
Travel during pregnancy and enjoy some couple time together!
In a few months’ time, you’ll be welcoming a new addition to your family. Before that happens, take some time off in a foreign land and spend that quality time with your beloved partner – and enjoy some couple time. When your baby is born, both of you will inevitably become busier, so relish the time you have together as a couple before you plunge into parenthood.