Traveling During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 18, 2012

Traveling during pregnancy, through any means of transport, be it an automobile, train or plane can be a bit tricky. It is important to get a doctor's approval and prepare well in advance if it is absolutely important for you to travel while you are pregnant. You will need to learn about the activities that are safe and those that should be avoided. Your comfort during the journey is essential too, so you will need to find out how best you can stay comfortable while you are traveling. You can use the following guidelines to plan your trip:


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  • Choosing the right time: If you can help it, you should neither travel too early, nor too late. The early months - the first trimester of pregnancy, are crucial and the chances of miscarriage are the highest at this time. It is not advisable to travel in the third trimester either - after you complete 30 weeks, as it may bring on premature labor in some women.

    For most women, the safest time for traveling during pregnancy is between the 14th & 28 weeks. In fact, many airlines have travel restrictions on women who are in their third trimester and they even require a doctor's certificate to be provided 72 hours prior to the flight. Before you make any flight bookings, please contact your airlines, to check for their restrictions and requirements.
  • Using seatbelts: Whether you are traveling by air or by road, you will need to wear a seatbelt for at least some part of the journey. Make sure that you buckle up under the abdomen - just above your thighs. Never fasten the seatbelt over your stomach.
  • Circulating the blood: If you are traveling by train or flight, it should be possible for you to get up and walk about for a few minutes as often as possible, preferably every half an hour or so. In case you are traveling by car, use rest stops on the road to take short walks and keep the blood circulating in the legs.
  • Staying hydrated: Make sure that you drink a lot of water throughout the journey so that you don't suffer from dehydration, especially if you are traveling by flight. It is also a good idea to carry your own healthy snacks, which will help you maintain your meal schedule.

Before planning any journey, please do consult your gynecologist to confirm what is safe for you and your baby.

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