Tips For Traveling During Pregnancy

Posted by Liza Elliott-Ramirez November - 14 - 2014
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Just because you are pregnant, that doesn’t mean you need to put a halt on your travel plans. Especially with the holidays coming up you have places to be and as long as you are safe about it, there is no reason not to travel while pregnant. To minimize risk, and make your trip as comfortable as possible, here are a few tips for traveling during pregnancy.

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Travel by Car, Bus, or Train

-It is always important to buckle up, and now it is even more essential. Make sure that you use both the lap and shoulder belts for the best protection of you and your baby.

-Keep the air bags turned on. The safety benefits of the air bag outweigh any potential risk to you and your baby.

-Buses usually have narrow aisles and small restrooms. Traveling via bus can be a more difficult mode of transportation. If you take one, remain seated while the bus is moving. If you have to use the restroom, make sure to hold on to the rail or seats to keep your balance.

-Trains usually have more room to walk, but the restrooms are usually small. This gives you more space to get up, but it is important to hold on to rails or seat backs while the train is moving.

-Try to limit the amount of time you are cooped up. Keep travel time around five to six hours.

-If you are driving, keep the windows open to avoid nausea. If you are in a bus or train, you may not be able to open the window, so to combat nausea, take deep breaths, look out the window, drink lots of water, and try to sit in the front and in a forward-facing seat.

-Use rest stops to take short walks and stretch out to keep your blood circulating.

Air Travel

-Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel through their eighth month. If you must travel during your 9 month, you are technically still allowed, but only with your doctor’s permission.

-Airplanes usually have narrow aisles and smaller bathrooms, which makes it more challenging to walk and more uncomfortable when using the restroom. Because of potential turbulence that could shake the plane, make sure you are holding on to the seat -backs while standing or walking in the aisle.

-Make sure you get an aisle seat so you have a little more room to stretch and can get up easily to use the restroom.

-Travel on major airlines with pressurized cabins and avoid small, private planes. If you have to ride in a smaller plane, avoid altitudes above 7,000 feet.

-Flying tends to dehydrate you. Drink twice as much water as you normally would. Ask the flight attendant for multiple cups, or the entire bottle if you can.

-If you have to go somewhere very far, try to get a connecting flight rather than a direct flight so you can get a little break.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Vanessa Handa says:

    Great information! Planning a road trip from Colorado to California for Thanksgiving :)

  2. Michelle F. says:

    My doctor told me to be sure to stretch often/not sit longer than two hours and to drink TONS of water since dehydration can be so dangerous. I haven’t flown since 24 weeks, but my 6 hour flight between LA & NY was totally fine with the breaks and water chugging!

  3. Camila Damas says:

    All really good information for traveling preggos