The summer vacation season may be winding down, but this doesn’t mean that you aren’t ready for a vacation, right? But is it safe to take off on that trip to the beach while you are expecting? Find out now with these pregnancy travel tips.
According to experts traveling during pregnancy if you are not having any complications, is considered safe and doesn’t pose any health risks. That being said, most physicians will recommend that you avoid flying or long distance travel late in the third trimester. In fact, some airlines have restrictions that keep women from flying from the 36th week of pregnancy onward without some form of medical waiver. If you DO have medical conditions then it is best that you discuss any and all travel plans with your doctor beforehand.
The biggest concerns of pregnancy travel have to do with you becoming exhausted, dehydrated or uncomfortable. When you are flying, or spending a lot of time sitting in one position, you can become uncomfortable and often, forget to make sure that you are hydrating properly. This can cause stress on your body. It is important that you take time to get up and move around periodically during your travel and keep water on hand at all times, especially if you are flying. One of the side effects of air travel is dehydration and this can cause the onset of contractions if it gets out of hand.
It is also important to make sure that you are feeling up to travel before planning a trip. Even though you may want to capitalize on your last chance to have a romantic vacation with your partner before the baby arrives, you need to be feeling well in order to enjoy it. Instead of planning a long distance trip, or one that requires excess energy – choose for a simple weekend getaway. This way you are close to home AND will get some time away in.
Also consider this. If you are a working mom, then you may want to save your vacation time for after the baby arrives. Depending on where you live and what the laws designate – you may find that saving your vacation time for when the baby arrives will suit you best. Plus, chances are there will be lots of long distance family members that may want to see you and your baby. (Extra babysitters, anyone?)
Another tip if you do decide to vacation, is to make sure you pack comfortable clothes and shoes! Sitting on an airplane, or in a car and walking long distances can quickly become exhausting if you aren’t prepared. Try not to overschedule yourself during your vacation so you won’t come home more tired than you were when you left.
Zika virus alert: Zika is a virus spread by mosquitos that typically causes a mild and short-lived infection. The Zika virus can, however, cause very serious birth defects if your fetus is exposed. If you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant, health experts recommend postponing any non-essential travel to areas of the world where Zika virus is prevalent. Zika has been found in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, a number of Pacific island countries, and several countries in Africa. In the US, Zika has been found in Florida. If you’re planning to travel to one of these areas, speak with your healthcare provider about the best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby.
Written By Stef, Mom of 4 @Momspirational
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