Traveling while pregnant, as long as a trip is well planned can be a beautiful experience, although you have to take certain precautions.
Having a baby does not mean keeping the passport in the bottom of a drawer, since a pregnancy is not an impediment, although it is necessary to take certain precautions.
Pregnancy Travel Tips
The most advisable moment of the pregnancy to realize a trip is the second trimester, since before the twelfth week the nauseas and vomits will have too protagonism to make that you enjoy the trip. From 28 weeks on, it is not advisable to go to places where medical care is not guaranteed . Also, it is best not to travel if you have had any complications during pregnancy with frequently asked questions presented by AutoMotiveQNA.com.
Before traveling you have to carry out a series of necessary formalities. First, it is necessary to have a health check . Each woman and each pregnancy are different so it is advisable to consult the doctor or midwife your desire to travel. They will advise you on the medications you can or can not take, what to do with vaccines and how to prevent illness. You should also ask for your medical history with the details of the pregnancy and the type of blood.
In addition to carrying the documents with your medical data, it is important that you always carry contact and travelinsurance at hand. Fill your luggage with comfortable clothes: baggy and without elastics, make sure that the warm clothes you tighten and the zipper closes without problems. Also, avoid high-heeled shoes and always carry a bottle of water and a snack in your bag. Another recommendation is to travel always accompanied, not to carry with the heaviest luggage and to plan in advance the transport and the lodging so that it is the least stressful possible.
During the trip keep in mind that it is important to stay hydrated, but it is not advisable to ingest soft drinks as well as heavy foods high in fat. To make the trip as pleasant as possible, massage your legs with massages every 90 minutes to prevent them from swelling due to poor circulation.
If you are traveling by plane, you have to take into account the pregnancy restrictions that each airline has, because normally the maximum travel limit is 36 weeks for a normal pregnancy and 32 weeks for two or more babies. Once you have passed the 28 weeks, some airlines will ask you for a letter from your doctor confirming that, despite the advanced state of pregnancy, there are no complications. At the time of booking, choose a seat that leads to the hallway and near the toilet. On the flight, it is advisable to drink plenty of fluids, walk around and use compression socks to avoid thrombosis. Once you land, but you can leave the first one waiting for everyone to get off the plane to prevent possible pushing.
As for flying with newborns, each airline also applies its regulations. The time babies can get on the plane range from 2 to 14 days after birth. Recent moms also have time to fly, ranging from 2 to 7 days after delivery, and if they have had surgery, they should wait 10 days.
If you are going to make a trip by car , this has the advantage that it is possible to stop whenever you need it. It is generally recommended to stop every 90 minutes.
The train is the most recommended means of transportation, because you can move more comfortably and also have toilets and areas wider than the corridors such as the cafeteria or the entrances to the wagons.
Traveling by boat has the disadvantage that it can cause dizziness. Try to choose a boat that has a doctor on board and contract a special travel insurance for cruises that allows you assistance on the high seas.
It is not advisable to travel to more places above 3,000 meters above sea level or to sites at risk of disease (malaria, dengue …) or requiring vaccines. On the other hand, one of the biggest frustrations may be restrictions on food and drink , as traveling to France and giving up cheese and charcuterie and caipirinhas in Brazil may seem like a punishment. However, you can find very helpful people who will do everything in their power to make sure you are away from danger by eating harmful foods.Although you should always minimize risks and drink bottled water, cooked foods and only eat raw food at trusted places.
As for the activities, chances are you have to change the rafting for a walk and postpone your diving course until the baby is born but, despite everything, the pregnancy does not mean that you can not do an activity trip , Such as hiking, kayaking, swimming or snorkeling. As a precaution, consult your physician for any type of activity you are considering.
Source: Lonely Planet / InterMundial Travel Insurance