How to Travel Safely During Your Pregnancy

Though many pregnant women find themselves dreading any long journeys or trips they may need to take in this period, travelling while pregnant doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable or unsafe experience. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to take trips as normal. You just need to take the necessary precautions before you go for peace of mind.

Read on to find our top tips on how to travel as safely as possible during your pregnancy, protecting not only yourself but your unborn child. We’ll provide you with helpful advice that you can not only put into practice yourself but share with other expectant mothers too.

What should you do to prepare before you travel?

  • Make sure you’re fully stocked up on any pregnancy essentials that you may need while you’re away, such as incontinence support items from Hartmann Direct.

  • Investigate where the medical facilities will be at the destination you’re going to. You need to ensure that you know where to go in case something happens and you find yourself in need of urgent medical attention. Take your pregnancy medical records along with you so that healthcare professionals can quickly get up to speed on your case if required.

  • Travel insurance should be closely checked to ensure that you are covered for any pregnancy-related care that you may require during your travels. This is especially important the closer you get to the birth date. It will ensure that you avoid having to pay expensive costs in case the baby arrives prematurely while you’re away.

  • Investigate which vaccinations are required for the destination you are travelling to. Some vaccinations may not be safe for pregnant women so please consult your doctor beforehand.

How can you remain safe and healthy while on your trip?

Below are some tips on how to help ensure the safety of you and your baby while on your travels:

  • Make sure you remain hydrated during the journey, especially if you’re going to be in the air.
  • When flying on a long distance flight, try and move about every 30 minutes to avoid suffering from deep vein thrombosis.
  • Invest in a pair of compression socks to deal with any leg swelling which is known to get worse while you’re in the air.
  • Long car journeys won’t help with the dizziness that you’ll already be experiencing, especially if you go during your first trimester.  To minimise the dizziness, try and remain hydrated and stop for regular breaks to avoid nausea getting worse.
  • When you reach your destination, avoid any overly adventurous food that may cause diarrhoea. Most diarrhoea medication is not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Similarly, try and drink only bottled water to avoid the tap water in a new destination potentially causing any sickness.

How far into your pregnancy is it safe for you to travel?

The first trimester can be uncomfortable, but not unsafe, period to travel. The discomfort will be the result of the morning sickness and fatigue that you’ll likely be experiencing during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Miscarriages are also more likely to happen during the first 12 weeks so it is important to take care of yourself. However, miscarriages can occur whether you’re at home or travelling so this shouldn’t stop you from taking a trip.

The second trimester is when most pregnant women prefer to travel. In the final months of your third trimester, it can get too uncomfortable and exhausting to travel. Shorter journeys are generally okay but long journey aren’t recommended closer to the due date. Each specific airline will have guidelines on when women can travel, and they are unfortunately written in stone to prevent a baby being born in the middle of an ocean with no doctor aboard at 33,000 feet.  

In terms of flying, it is generally safe to fly right up to the 36th week of your pregnancy (as long as you’ve had no complications). However, many airlines are nervous about letting you fly with them after your 28th week in case of premature delivery. Check the policy of the airline you intend to fly with - they may just require a letter from your doctor after your 28th week.

Hartmann Direct offers an extensive range of incontinence products and supplies, in different absorbencies and sizes. Find out more online or call 0800 028 9470.

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