Things to Consider while Travelling during Pregnancy
Whether you are attending a business conference in New York or going on a shopping spree in Paris, generally, travelling during pregnancy is safe.
However, pregnancy is a time when certain risks may arise due to the changes in a woman’s physiology. That being said, a little advance planning can make all the difference when it comes to your safety while travelling during pregnancy.
The following are the things that you need to do to ensure your security as well as the safety of your unborn child.
Before Your Travel
• Vaccinations and Pregnancy
The decision to get vaccinated while pregnant must be discussed and evaluated by your health care provider. Typically, physicians don’t recommend that pregnant women get live vaccines for measles, rubella, and mumps. But in some cases, inactivate vaccines, such as hepatitis B are considered safe to take.
• Malaria Prevention
Malaria can be a very serious health condition for a pregnant woman. Hence, you need to avoid destinations where suspected malaria cases are high. But if you still need to travel despite the situation, it is better to get an advice from your doctor. As a preventive measure, you can protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeve clothing, applying mosquito repellant and taking anti-malaria medicines that are considered safe for expecting women.
• Transportation Risks
A woman who is expecting a child is safe to travel by air as long as she is in the 36-week gestation period. However, bear in mind that many of the air carriers have restrictions that may need the written consent of your doctor. That said, make sure that you have checked with the airline about your condition and confirm with them first before you fly. A pregnant woman has a higher chance of developing vein blood clots, which is also referred to as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). To avoid this condition, walk around the plane cabin, work out your lower leg parts, avoid long sitting, and keep your body hydrated.
• Travel Sickness
A pregnant woman can sometimes be sensitive during travel. She may experience headache or vomiting during the trip. If you think that you are suffering from motion sickness, make sure to check with your physician about the right medications to bring.
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