Traveling while pregnant can present a lot of unique challenges, but it is generally safe as long as there are no known concerns. The ideal time to travel during your pregnancy is the second trimester. By this point, you have most likely passed the morning sickness phase of the first trimester and have not yet reached the fatigued state of the third trimester. Chances are that you may not find your favorite brand of ice cream when the craving hits, but with a little advance planning, everything else should fall into place. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you are planning your pre-baby vacation.
Check in with your doctor
This tip may seem obvious, but you should always discuss any travel plans with your doctor before buying the plane tickets. Your doctor knows your history and can assess your pregnancy to determine any risk factors you may face during your travels. Most doctors advise against travel after 32 weeks, because you may end up delivering in a strange place with an unfamiliar doctor. However, there are many scenarios where traveling after eight months is permitted. It may be a good idea to keep a copy of your prenatal records and/or relevant ultrasounds with you, and make sure to bring along your obstetrician’s number should you need it.
Consider buying travel insurance
Pregnancies can be unpredictable, especially when it comes to determining the exact date your little one will make their grand entrance. Studies show that less than 5% of babies are born on their due date, so you may want to consider buying trip insurance to ensure that you are covered if you have to cancel for any reason.
Research any potential risks you may face at your desired destination
One of the main concerns regarding international travel while pregnant is that you may be exposing yourself and your baby to disease. Currently, there are many parts of the world where the Zika virus is endemic, causing a great deal of risk for your unborn child. Take the necessary precautions to avoid any exposure to Zika, or change your destination all together if Zika is prevalent in your destination area. There are also other diseases that are rare in the U.S. but common in other countries. Talk to your doctor about any immunizations or medications you may need to protect yourself from danger
Make the best of your plane trip by:
- Getting up to walk around every hour
- Dressing comfortably
- Bringing your own snacks
- Requesting an aisle seat for easy bathroom access
Tips for eating in foreign countries:
- Drink plenty of bottled water
- Make sure the milk is pasteurized
- Avoid fresh fruits and vegetables unless they have been cooked or can be peeled
- Make sure all meat is cooked completely
- Bring your prenatal vitamins and favorite snacks with you
If you are planning on traveling to an exotic location, contact the CDC or the knowledgeable team at Travel Vaccines and Wellness Solutions to ensure that you have all of the safety information you need to have a safe and relaxing trip.