By Nico Strydom
For many women travelling during pregnancy can be a concern as it requires extra planning and precautions.
Pregnant women who intend travelling should talk to their doctor ahead of time so that they can be advised as to which inoculations are safe and what precautions they should take for their and their babies’ health.
Pregnant women are generally advised to not travel too much or unnecessarily. If, however, there are no complications with regard to the pregnancy, travelling is on the whole safe, but it is advisable not to travel after a pregnancy of 35 weeks.
The impact of travelling depends on the trimester the pregnant woman is in. During the first trimester travelling can exacerbate nausea. Most pregnant women feel much better during their second trimester and if a journey must be undertaken, this usually is the best time. In the third trimester pregnant women usually feel more tired and it is not ideal to travel for long.
Pregnant women are usually allowed to fly up to and including 36 weeks of pregnancy. Many airlines will however request a medical certificate for women who are pregnant 28 weeks or longer. Most airlines do not allow women who are pregnant for 36 weeks or more to fly. In the case of women with a multiple pregnancy, it could be as from 32 weeks.
Pregnant women can experience discomfort quickly, so if they decide to fly or undertake any other kind of travel, it is essential to try and remain comfortable. In an aeroplane a pregnant woman can make sure she is dressed comfortably, stands up regularly, takes in enough fluids and stretches regularly.
When pregnant women have to travel overseas, there are other precautions that have to be taken. These include possible inoculations and doing research about the exact circumstances at the destination to which the journey is being undertaken. It must for example be made certain that the necessary medical facilities are available there and that it is safe to travel there.
Diarrhoea is also one of the health risks of travelling for pregnant women. It could lead to serious illnesses that could cause problems for the mother and the baby. It is essential to drink sufficient fluids and maintain a balanced diet to remain healthy.
Travel Doctor: http://traveldoctor.co.za/health/travelling-pregnant/
You, baby and I: https://www.youbabyandi.com/flying-pregnant/
Living and loving: https://www.livingandloving.co.za/pregancy-blogs/travelling-while-pregnant-how-to-do-it-safely