Being pregnant while traveling can be stressful, but it should not be a barrier for mum-to-be to travel. Unless you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The key thing is to talk to your doctor about it, choose a destination which allows for lots of rest and relaxation.
Doing a little extra preparations beforehand can go a long way to reducing discomforts for your journey. Here are 5 travel tips to help make travel during pregnancy a little easier.
1. Time it well
Medical emergencies are likely to happen during first and third trimester, the best time to travel is during the second trimester. Though every pregnancy is different, for most women, the second trimester is the best time to travel as their morning sickness has generally subsided. That doesn’t mean that you cannot travel during the rest of your pregnancy. Speak to your doctor before planning your trip. Also, do check with the airline prior to booking flights to see their policies for pregnant travelers, if you are planning a trip overseas.
2. Prenatal documentations
Bring along a copy of your maternity notes, in case you do need to be admitted to hospital. Consult your doctor about warning signs and things to look out for prior to your departure.
3. Travel insurance
Travel insurance is vital for any overseas vacation, but even more so for expecting women. Make sure the policy covers pregnancy complications as well as emergency medical transport from your chosen destination(s).
Pack a sufficient pregnancy specific medical kit with supplies of prescription medications to treat common pregnancy ailments like heartburns, oral rehydration salts, pregnancy multi-vitamins. Especially if you’re going someplace where those medications aren’t readily available. Keep the pregnancy specific medical kit in your carry-on luggage.
5. Eat smart
Use bottled water and avoid eating food that could have been washed in tap water, regardless of whether the tap water is considered “safe”. And make sure that meat and seafood is fresh and cooked thoroughly.