During pregnancy, there are times when you need to travel long distances which may take more than five hours. Unlike ordinary traveling, traveling far during pregnancy requires special preparation so that fetal development in the womb remains safe. Not only that, Mother also wants to enjoy the trip without feeling low back pain or other disorders, right? Check out tips for traveling far away during the next pregnancy, ma’am!
Tips on Traveling Using a Car
A comfortable and safe trip is certainly an important thing to pay attention to for the health of pregnant women and fetal development in the womb. If you are traveling by car, you should first consider the following:
• The 14th to 28th weeks of pregnancy can generally be the safest time to travel far, for example a trip that takes more than five hours. Because, at that time the risk of my mother having a miscarriage and lower preterm labor.
• During pregnancy, you should not drive a car by yourself, especially when traveling long distances, for example out of town. So, invite your father, relatives, or closest friends, Mom.
• When traveling by car, wear a lower seat belt so as not to put too much pressure on the stomach and fetus.
• Avoid traveling far away on an empty stomach, especially if you often experience morning sickness. Provide snacks and enough water to prevent nausea.
• Bring personal medicines and various equipment that makes you feel comfortable during the trip, such as jackets and pillows.
• Prepare a plastic bag just in case if you want to vomit. Generally this condition is prone to occur in the first trimester.
• Try to get out of the car at least once every two hours to reduce the pressure on the bladder and improve blood circulation in the legs. In addition, urinating and walking for a while can also help reduce pressure on the bladder.
Tips on Traveling Using an Airplane
In addition to private cars, aircraft can generally be a transportation option for traveling long distances. Well, here are some things that need to be considered by pregnant women if they are going to take air travel:
• For pregnant women, the safest time to travel by plane is during the second trimester. Because, at that time the risk of my mother having a miscarriage and lower preterm labor.
• If you want to travel during the third trimester, it’s good for you to take a trip that is not too far away and takes less than three hours. Also provide various preparations for childbirth such as childbirth pads, changing clothes, and breastfeeding bras and pillows to anticipate unexpected delivery times.
• We recommend bringing important documents concerning pregnancy while traveling by airplane, because there are several airlines that request the information as data.
• When using a seat belt, wear it in the lower abdomen to avoid the risk of stomach distress.
• It is recommended to choose a chair close to the hall, so that it is easier for you to go to the toilet or ask for flight attendants.
• Mother is also advised to move the body every 30 minutes to facilitate blood circulation. The reason is, flights of more than five hours can make pregnant women at risk of experiencing cramps and even blood clots.
• It’s good for you to consume enough water, because the condition of the aircraft with low humidity can trigger dehydration.
• Avoid air travel which takes more than five hours when pregnancy reaches 36 weeks. The reason is, this can cause fetal developmental disorders in the womb that can trigger premature birth.