Safe and Relaxing!
Most pregnant women can travel safely well into their pregnancy providing they take proper precautions and have good information on when to travel, consider their vaccinations and insurance. And if this is your first pregnancy you may well want to take a well deserved holiday whilst you can still relax without nappies or diapers to worry about!
Air Travel for Pregnant Women
In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) says the best time to travel is between 14 and 28 weeks, providing your pregnancy has no complications. For most pregnant women morning sickness lasts only for the first trimester and can make travel at this time uncomfortable. If you do want or have to travel during this time, Sea-Bands may be able to help relieve your morning sickness. Clinically trialled for both morning sickness and motion sickness, and completely drug free Sea-Bands could be the essential travel accessory during your pregnancy.
Before you travel it is a good idea to have a check-up with your doctor and ensure you are healthy and fit to travel. Another tip is to take your medical record with you in case you need to see a doctor whilst on your holiday.
Vaccines rarely have enough information to prove their safety for use during pregnancy, but if you are planning to visit a country that requires vaccines, you should consult with your doctor who will be able to discuss the risks and benefits with you. In general it is safer to travel to countries which do not require immunisation.
You will also need to check that your travel insurance is suitable for pregnancy. You should ensure you are covered for pregnancy, foreign travel when pregnant and covers your baby should you give birth prematurely.
In flight, it is a good idea to drink enough water to ensure you do not dehydrate, especially on longer flights. It might help if you ask for an aisle seat so that you can get up easily as you will probably want to get up and walk about so that you avoid sitting still for too long. Loose clothing may also be more comfortable, and remember if you are prone to motion sickness wearing Sea-Band acupressure wristbands for nausea can help to relieve nauseous feelings.
Car Travel for Pregnant Women
Where possible you should avoid making long journeys on your own as fatigue and dizziness are common problems during pregnancy. If you are hiring a car whilst away it can be worth paying the extra to ensure you have power steering and air-conditioning.
Other tips include keeping the air circulated in the car, and the lap strap of your seatbelt across your pelvis instead of your stomach. Stop regularly for breaks, give your legs a stretch, take drinks regularly and ensure you have good healthy snacks to nibble on. If your bump is big enough that it makes driving uncomfortable, it may be preferable to relax and let your partner drive instead.
If you are feeling nauseous whilst on a car journey Sea-Bands may become your perfect travel companion!
Our final tip for car travel is to ensure you are enrolled with a breakdown service in case you have an emergency with the car.
Boat Travel for Pregnant Women
The motion of the boat may make your morning sickness worse, or if you have finished with your morning sickness, you may find that you get nausea all over again! Make sure you take your Sea-Bands with you if you plan to travel by boat.
Before booking a ferry or cruise, check with the ferry company that they will take you on board as some will not accept heavily pregnant women on board. Also, if you are going on a cruise you should check what medical facilities will be available on board, and at each port along the route in case of any potential complications.