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Travel during pregnancy

Travelling during pregnancy is not a tough task to do, neither is it very risky provided the medium you choose is safe. For e.g. travelling by rickshaw during pregnancy especially during the third trimester is a very risky thing to do and doctors recommend to avoid it as much as possible. A bumpy ride can lead to many complications in your term. Hence, choosing the right mode of travel is extremely important. It is required you do some amount of planning and take some precautions during travel. Following are a few tips that will make travelling a little more convenient during pregnancy –

Consult your doctor –
In case you are planning for a long travel it is imperative you consult your doctor. They will conduct a complete check up and asses if there are any complications in your situation. In case your situation is not right for travel they will recommend against it. In case your condition is well enough to travel they will provide you some instructions that will make sure you have a safe travel.

Prenatal test schedule –
Be sure you always make it for your prenatal test. Hence plan your travel keeping these tests in mind. You can discuss the schedule of the tests with your doctor and plan the dates of your travel accordingly.

Carry your reports all along –
When packing your belongings for the travel remember to prepare a list of key names and phone numbers you’ll need in case of emergency. This will help people reach important contacts if you are in trouble. Also if you are in your second or third trimester you should carry a copy of your prenatal chart with you all along. This chart needs to include your age, your last menstrual period, your due date, the number and outcomes of any prior pregnancies, your risk factors for disease, pregnancy-related lab tests and ultrasounds, your medical and surgical history, and a flow sheet of vital signs taken at each visit. Also it is advisable to ask your doctor to recommend someone in the area of your visit in case you are planning an extended stay. This will keep you in routine with your regular check-ups and provide support during emergency.

Carry your medicines –
The most important thing you need to pack in your luggage is a sufficient supply of prescription medications, prenatal vitamins, and even over-the-counter remedies you may need during your trip. This is extremely important if you are travelling to a place that is not well equipped with such amenities. Also you should keep the medicines prescribed by your doctor in the original container; this will help in case your bags are searched. It will show evidently that you are not taking medicines that are not prescribed.

Check flight policies –
In case you are in your third trimester and planning to take a flight to your travel destination it is advisable that you check the airline policy for pregnant women. There are many airlines that do not allow pregnant women to fly during the last week or month of their pregnancy without a note for the care provider. Also many health care providers recommend women not to take a flight after 36 weeks.

The best thing is to avoid long travel during pregnancy to have a hassle free term. Even everyday travel in the car, bus or rickshaw needs to be done with care. Take routes that are not risky and bumpy, also if possible ask the driver to drive slowly.