Pregnant, should you cancel your trip?

Nowadays pregnancy rarely changes our schedules, with the exception of complications. Women continue their normal lives usually for the duration of the pregnancy, with minor exceptions (like knowing where all the bathrooms are!). Travel is no exception. You are a pregnant woman who is going to go abroad, and of course, everyone has an opinion on the matter. Fortunately, pregnancy is not a disease and it is not incompatible with travel. Simply follow a few simple rules. With the proper precautions, and armed with information on when to travel, vaccinations and insurance, most women can travel safely well into their pregnancy.

Before the trip...
Some women prefer not to travel in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and nausea Because of feeling very tired falling on thesis early stages. Whether you're traveling or not, the risk of miscarriage is higher in the first three months. While there's no reason why you can not travel at this time.
The second trimester (18-24 weeks) is the best time to travel. During the first trimester fatigue is higher, and the period of fetal viability has not yet begun. After a period of 24 weeks, the risk of preterm delivery increases, hence the need to take more precautions.

Before starting, you need to think about...
- Consult your obstetrician for advice. In case of high-risk pregnancy, such as twins, it is recommended not to trudge too much.

- If your obstetrician is not opposed to a flight, ask for a medical certificate. Airlines do not all have the same regulations regarding pregnant women, particularly as regards international flights: some require a medical certificate from 32 weeks, others 36, for example. Do not hesitate to call the company. And especially in the case of long stay, make sure that you can re-embark.

- Check that the pregnancy is not a guarantee of exclusion in your policy, and be sure to take with you the phone number of your doctor.

Which destination?
No transportation or destination is actually prohibited. But some are still strongly discouraged.

- The very high altitudes (mean over 3000 meters). But let's be reasonable: you did not really climb Kilimanjaro?
- Countries with very high heat, doubly uncomfortable for pregnant women.
- Places where there is no possibility of treatment by a physician. It is therefore essential to learn about the medical facilities in the country visited before buying tickets.
- Bicycle or motorcycle trips, are necessarily riskier.
- The road-trips (bus or car) where shocks can be dangerous. Car trips of more than four hours are not recommended.

Avoid destinations which could exhaust yourself. As well as those that require vaccines that are not indicated for pregnancy or those where the risk of malaria is high.

CAUTION: Some repellents and some antimalarial drugs are not indicated if you are pregnant. Talk with your doctor before.

During the trip...
Even, and especially pregnant, wearing a seat belt in a car is essential. Not very comfortable, it is true, but the belt under the abdomen, will protect you and your child.

- A long-haul flight can be uncomfortable for the legs and feet (seats are necessarily closer when you are pregnant). Drink water regularly, wear stockings, get up and walk into the plane as much as possible.

- Do not lift heavy luggage or not traveling alone.

Your body is working hard to grow your baby, you are carrying extra weight and your hormone levels are changing. Naturally you are feeling more tired and need more breaks than you did before the bump arrived. 

- Once there, avoid crazy sports like scuba diving. Some studies show that raising your temperature during early pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects, so stay out of saunas and hot tubs.

- Take care to avoid food-and water-borne conditions, stomach upsets and such as travelers' diarrhea . Some medicines for stomach upsets aren't suitable during pregnancy. Always check if tap water is safe. If in doubt, drink bottled water. If you get ill, keep hydrated and eating for the ongoing health of your baby, even if you may not be hungry.

- Ferry companies have their own restrictions and may refuse to carry heavily pregnant women (often beyond 32 weeks). Check the ferry company's policy before you book. For longer boat trips, cruises such as, if there are find out onboard facilities to deal with pregnancy and if there are medical services at the docking ports.

What shall you pack? 
Comfortable, supportive shoes such as trainers are a good for travelling and useful if you're expecting to do lots of walking.
Pack blister pads too, as even comfortable shoes can rub if your feet swell up. Flat shoes, such as ballet pumps, are usually kind to the feet and smart enough for holiday evenings, but can be less supportive.
Depending how long you are away, your shape may change, so check there is room for growth in the clothes you are packing.
You may sweat more or you may be sitting still more than usual and noticing the cold. So be sure to pack enough.
And before you go, check your swimwear fits and that underwear is comfortable. It'll be no fun trying to squeeze your beautiful bump into a costume which is suddenly way too small!
Pregnancy makes you more prone to thrush, and hot, humid climates don't help. Pack cotton knickers and loose cotton clothing, and leave nylon undies, tights and tight trousers at home. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a pregnancy-safe anti-fungal treatment and pop it in your pregnancy travel first aid kit.

Finally, do not forget the most important rule: never wait your return  to see a doctor in case of problems. If you have questions or concerns about your health, the doctor of the insurance company is available to help you and provide useful advice, or arrange a consultation on the spot!

Have you ever travel during your pregnancy?
What're your feelings?

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