Most pregnant woman are generally able to travel until pretty close to their expected due date. Here are some ways to make the trip safer and more enjoyable.
- It is very important to remember to always buckle-up when you are riding in a car. To protect you and your baby make sure to use both the lap and the shoulder belts.
- Make sure the airbags are turned on.
- When traveling a long distance be prepared to stop often. When you stop, take the opportunity and walk around a bit to help circulate the blood. Sitting too long may cause your ankles to feel swollen and can cause leg cramps.
- Try to limit the travel time to 5-6 hours a day.
- Bring bottled water and nutritious snacks.
- Get Comfortable!! Bring comfy socks, slippers etc.
- Always discuss your plans with your doctor before you book a flight.
- Make sure to check with the airline what their policy is regarding flying while pregnant.
- Carry a copy of your medical records in case of an emergency.
- Travel on major airlines that have pressurized cabins rather than smaller planes.
- Try booking an aisle seat so you can get up freely to go to the bathroom.
- Keep drinking to fight dehydration.
- Keep moving to circulate the blood. Sitting too long can raise the risk of forming blood clots.
Have a safe trip!!