If you’re unsure what you can and can’t do when travelling while pregnant, it’s entirely understandable, so that’s where this post should come in handy! Take a look…
While being pregnant is certainly an exciting time, it isn’t what you would call convenient. The swollen ankles, nausea and frequent trips to the toilet aside, there are also a number of practical issues that you’ll need to deal with. One of the most notable of these is travel restrictions.
Annoyingly, there are many misconceptions related to travelling while pregnant, which means the lines between what you can and cannot do often become blurred. So, what exactly are the rules?
To avoid potential accidents which would involve a birth injury solicitor, we’ve compiled a clear list of the do’s and don’ts you need to keep in mind if you need to travel while pregnant! Be sure to read on to find out more…
The Do’s of Travelling While Pregnant
DO Discuss Your Travel Plans with Your Midwife or Doctor
First things first, if you plan to travel while pregnant you should always speak to your doctor or midwife first. They’re always going to be in the best position to give you advice that is specially tailored to your pregnancy, based on your medical history and current situation.
Your doctor or midwife will either give you the go ahead to travel, or they will advise that you should stay put. This decision will usually depend on the risk of issues such as blood clots if you are flying, or if you have a previous record of miscarriages.
You should never ignore your doctor’s advice, even if it might seem like an inconvenience.
DO Make Sure to Stay Hydrated and Move Frequently
Travelling when you’re pregnant is never going to be entirely comfortable. But, there are several simple steps you can follow that will help your journey to be as stress-free as possible.
It’s important that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water – especially if you are in an air-conditioned plane. Also, take frequent breaks to move around and keep the blood circulating around your body.
If moving out of your seat isn’t possible, you can always perform simple static exercises, like circulating your ankles and wiggling your toes.
DO Carefully Research Vaccinations
A number of vaccinations that use live bacteria or bacteria are not usually recommended during pregnancy, due to concerns that they could harm the baby in the womb. That being said, there are certain vaccines that may be considered if the risk of infection outweighs the risk of live vaccination.
You may also need to consider the fact that certain anti-malaria tablets are also unsafe to take during pregnancy. This will rule you out from visiting a number of countries where this is a potential risk.
DO Check for Pregnancy Restrictions Before Travelling
It’s important to remember that not every airline or railway company is going to allow you to fly without a doctor’s letter – or at all if you are a certain specific number of weeks along.
Before you purchase any tickets, check the company’s website, or get in touch with a member of staff directly to double check whether you’ll be permitted or not.
The Don’ts of Travelling While Pregnant
DON’T Travel Long Distances Alone
While there is nothing stopping you from travelling by yourself when you’re pregnant, it’s certainly not advisable, especially during the latter stages. If there are any complications, or you begin to feel unwell, having someone with you will give you peace of mind that everything will be taken care of.
This is especially important if you’re travelling to a different country. The last thing you will want to happen is to have to go to hospital in a foreign country with no one around to support you.
DON’T Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is essential whenever you’re travelling to a different country, which makes it all the more surprising when people forget to get it! It’s especially important if you’re pregnant, as you’re naturally going to be at more risk compared to if you aren’t expecting.
If you’re concerned about having to fork out more for insurance just because you’re pregnant, then don’t be. Pregnancy is not considered a medical condition by insurers and, in most cases, you won’t have to mention that you’re pregnant when you apply for cover. That means your insurance policy won’t cost any more.
DON’T Travel Long Distance Around Your Due Date
This one is self-explanatory really. Most airlines won’t let you fly after 37 weeks (or 32 if you’re carrying twins) anyway. However, it shouldn’t even be a consideration if you know that you’re soon to be expecting.
Going into labour while you’re travelling may seem like an unlikely scenario, but there is an increased risk of it occurring the further along you are. So, if you’re soon to be expecting, make sure you stay at home!
DON’T be Paranoid
The general risk of travelling while pregnant is much lower than many people initially assume. So long as you take the proper precautions, speak to the right people and prepare well in advance, there is no reason why there should be any issues while you travel pregnant.
Most people can travel safely well into their pregnancy, so there should be nothing to worry about. And, if there are any potential problems, your doctor will be on hand to keep you informed.
Are You Planning to Travel While Pregnant?
So, there you have it! As you may be able to tell, there’s plenty to consider if you’re planning to travel while pregnant, but everything is within your control. All it takes to ensure that you and your baby are kept safe is some sensible forward planning.
Have you got any more tips regarding travelling while pregnant? Or perhaps you have a question you need answering? Feel free to leave a comment below. Happy travelling!