If you are enjoying a healthy pregnancy, travelling by plane is safe. It can be a good chance to travel before your baby arrives because it can enhance your mood and makes you fresh. The second trimester is the best time to fly since at this time your morning sickness will go away. In the first trimester however, many body changes takes place like nausea and vomiting and you will also experience morning sickness so it’s better to stay at home and relax in the first trimester. The risk of miscarriage is also higher in the first trimester, whether you’re travelling or not.
Travelling in the third trimester of pregnancy can be tiring and uncomfortable. So, many women find the best time to travel or take a holiday is in mid-pregnancy. Flying isn’t harmful to you or your baby, but discuss any health issues or pregnancy complications with your midwife or doctor before you fly. Travelling is considered safe for a pregnant woman, however these ideas will make your trip easy and safe:
1) Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel till eight months, whereas travelling in nine month is allowed only if there is permission from health care provider. So before you do the packing, do get the permission from your practitioner.
2) It’s better to choose an aisle seat which will allow you to get up more easily to reach the restroom or just to stretch your legs and back.
3) Avoid travelling on smaller private plans and travel on major airlines with pressurized cabins.
4) Flying for more than four hours can increase the risk of getting blood clots, so to avoid this it is recommended to walk through the aircraft .
Instructions to follow when you fly:
If you are experiencing any pregnancy complications that can be worsened by air travel, your health care provider will not allow you to travel. However if you are healthy throughout the pregnancy your health care provider will approve your trip and you can enjoy your trip. Below are some of the instructions that a pregnant woman should follow before her flight:
1) Buckle up: During the flight, fasten the lap belt under your abdomen which will make you comfortable during the flight.
2) Promote circulation: When you will remain seated for a longer time, it will stop your blood circulation and your legs will get stiff. Take occasional walks around the aisle, avoid wearing tightfitting clothing.
3) Drink plenty of fluids: As a pregnant woman you need more water than an average person because water plays an important role in the development of your baby. Dehydration during flight is common, so you should drink more water and fluids to stay healthy and fresh.
4) Avoid gassy foods and drinks before flight: Entrapped gases expand at altitude, which can cause discomfort. Examples include broccoli and carbonated drinks.
By following these instructions you can have a comfortable flight. So pack your bag and never miss an opportunity to travel and explore because once baby arrives, you will be all busy with the little creature!