Long distance travel is not considered hazardous during pregnancy. Nonetheless, it is advisable to be cautious while traveling during pregnancy.
Preparing for the vacation
Before going on a vacation, you should have adequate information about the hospital and quality of medical service in the area you are visiting. In case of medical emergency during the vacation, this will help you to get in touch with the local obstetrician immediately. During the third trimester of pregnancy, you should go only on short trips to places close to your home.
Long distance travel, which causes restriction in movement, could be stressful during pregnancy. You should take the trip only if you are physically capable of handling the stress. You should carry plenty of water and food with you.
Usually women who are over 32 weeks pregnant are not allowed to travel by air. Several airlines would ask women between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy to furnish a doctor’s letter before boarding the flight. Air travel up to 36 weeks of pregnancy is safe for women who are not suffering from complications such as high blood pressure, history of miscarriage or preterm labor and placental abnormality. Immobility and dehydration during air travel increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis during pregnancy. If you are traveling by air during pregnancy, try to avail an aisle seat. This will give you more space to stretch and move your legs. While flying, you should frequently leave your seat and walk for a few minutes. You should also drink plenty of water on the flight.
Train travel is suitable for short trips. To avoid nausea, you should have a light meal while traveling by train.
Long distance car travel can be quite exhausting during pregnancy. To make your car ride easier, you should take frequent breaks. To ensure smooth blood circulation, you should go on short walks during the intervals. Do not tie the seat belt across your abdomen, but fasten it across your pelvis. Drink plenty of water while traveling.
Foreign trips that require immunization should be avoided. Live viruses present in vaccines are harmful for the fetus. You should avoid traveling in areas affected by endemic diseases.