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TRAVEL IN PREGNANCY
This may be a last chance for a perfect holiday, alone with your spouse. If it happens to be your first pregnancy you need not worry about the diapers, feeding bottles and jars of baby food, which henceforth would be of major concern in your post delivery vacations.

The Best Time To Get Away During Pregnancy

The First Trimester: Your enjoyment may be marred by your nausea, vomiting and tiredness. If you have to travel, traveling a great distance isnít a terrific idea, as the possibility of miscarriage is greatest in the first trimester.

The Second Trimester: The time between 20-28 weeks is the best time to get away. You may feel a little cramped, uncomfortable and restless having to sit for a long time during the journey and your feet may swell up. So, it is advisable to walk around, as much as possible to keep the circulation going.

The Third Trimester: Long distance travel is not recommended in the last trimester, for in case labour begins early, you would be far away from your  doctor and hospital.

 

 

The Do's Of Traveling In Pregnancy

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A single destination is preferable to a tour, so plan a trip that is relaxing.
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Speak to your doctor about the trip and if it happens to be longer than a month, take all your pregnancy notes with you. Make sure you take your vitamins to last through the trip.
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Take proper food reserves with you incase of unavailability, as your baby is working as hard as ever, at growing and developing, so that you donít deprive   your baby of the nutritional needs it needs. Order thoughtfully at meal times. Donít skip meals. Check on the quality of water you drink.
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When you feel the need go to the washroom, you must go, to prevent urinary infection and constipation. Go, as soon as you get the urge.

 

 

If your travel is by Plane: Check that you get an aisle seat, so that you can get up and stretch or use the rest room when needed. Drink plenty of water or fruit juice to counter dehydration caused by air-travel and take some healthy snacks to supplement your airline meals. Wear your seat belt comfortably fastened below your abdomen.

 

If your travel is by Car: Keep a bag of nutritious snacks and a thermos of juice  or milk handy. Occupy a comfortable seat with a back and neck support. Break  your car journey after 3-4 hours.

 

If your travel is by Train: Train travel is preferable to car travel, as it is  more comfortable and moving space is much more. Take adequate meals and fluids  with you even if your train has a dining car!

 

 Dont's Of Travel In Pregnancy

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Travel is not advisable if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, other medical   or obstretical problems.
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Travel at high altitudes isnít recommended at any time during pregnancy.   Strenuous sporting holidays are a taboo.
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No drugs to prevent sea or air sickness should be taken, without consulting a   doctor.
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Donít try eating unfamiliar food abroad.

 

 

Note on self driving: Driving shorter distances is fine, as long as you donít  experience dizzy spells and can still fit behind the wheel. Fastening your seat  belt below the abdomen is a must. Sudden breaks and jerks are not advisable, as  it would have undesirable impact on the uterus and the foetus.