Things to consider if you are pregnant and traveling

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Pregnancy must not be a deterrent to traveling, but there are things you should consider to ensure your safety and comfort. We have come up with a list of things you must chew on before embarking on an adventure whilst pregnant.

  • Before you even plan a trip, you must consult with your doctor to check if you are fit enough to travel. This will allow you to time your trip especially if you are going out the country.
  • If your doctor gives you the thumbs up, ask your doctor to recommend a health facility in the area where you are travelling. If he is not familiar with the place, you must do some research so you know where to go if in case of an emergency.
  • If you are traveling by car, make sure you get ample bathroom breaks and at least a ten-minute walk every two hours. Don’t forget to fasten your seatbelts too.
  • If you are traveling by air, you must make sure that you are not traveling near your due date. Most airlines allow pregnant women to board until their 8th month. You would not want to give birth on a plane! It is also recommended that you use loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes so you can have a relaxing air travel.
  • If you are going on a cruise, contact the cruise line regarding their medical facilities onboard. You must also checkout the route and port-of-calls, if in case you need a medical or emergency facility.
  • Review your insurance plan just to make sure you that it covers giving birth in a foreign country or prenatal complications.
  • Be careful about what you eat and drink especially if traveling out of the country. Avoid eating uncooked food and make sure the water is safe to drink. This is not the best time to enjoy eating exotic food even if it looks so yummy!
  • Your travel essentials must include medications that are safe for pregnant women. Don’t forget to bring your vitamins and medicines recommended by your doctor.
  • Avoid activities that can be taxing to you and the baby. This is not the time to experience extreme activities. You might feel fine but remember you are pregnant!
  • You have to monitor your health. Do not presume that what you are feeling is a result of being tired or exhausted. Excessive leg pains, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, contractions, headaches and abdominal pains must not be taken lightly.

Traveling can be fun even if you are pregnant. Just make sure you are equipped with vital information and are ready for any eventuality. Consult your travel agent for more details.