Traveling during pregnancy: what to look for

Most doctors agree that during pregnancy, the main thing is a positive attitude. And what else helps to recharge with energy, positive emotions and gain strength, if not travel? So, if you have no medical contraindications and the need to follow a special regime, travel to your health! You just have to slightly adjust the usual vacation scenario and take into account a couple of nuances to make your trip during this period comfortable and pleasant. Check Travis site for learn more.

1. Choice of direction

Pregnancy, of course, is not a disease, and a pregnant woman is not disabled, but still it cannot be denied that this is a special condition for the body. First of all, make sure that medical assistance is easily available during your trip; just in case. It is better to postpone trips to exotic countries with a low level of medical services. By the way, the quality of the healthcare system does not always directly correspond to the standard of living in the country, for example, in Thailand , Cuba and Mexico, medicine is at its best. It is very important to avoid travel to areas with poor epidemiological conditions during pregnancy, such as those with a high risk of contracting malaria or Zika virus. You can find the latest information on this topic on the WHO website.

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2. Medical insurance

Please note that standard travel insurance does not cover pregnancy-related cases, so you will need to purchase special extended health insurance. This is a rather expensive service and not all companies on the Russian market provide it, but it is definitely not worth saving on it. You can only be insured until a certain period of pregnancy, for most companies it is 24-30 weeks, but some insure up to 36.

3. Way of travel

Russian doctors like to scare pregnant women with the dangers of air travel, although in reality the plane is dangerous only because it is impossible to get medical care on board at any time. Some troubles can be caused by dehydration, which you will most likely face due to the dry air in the cabin. But this is easy to deal with – just drink more water. At the same time, it will help to avoid edema and reduce the risk of thrombosis. The greatest danger during the flight is the prolonged stay in one position, because of this, the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis increases. To prevent this condition, it is recommended to move more, walk around the cabin and do simple exercises. Do not forget about compression underwear, it is believed that it is shown to all pregnant women during the flight as a safety measure. Many pregnant women refuse to travel because of radiation. Indeed, at the height of the aircraft’s movement, the intensity of gamma radiation increases slightly, but with single flights, the total dose is insignificant (to reach the permissible limit, you need to fly 300-400 hours).

If you are still afraid to fly, the choice is the car and the train. A general rule of thumb for traveling by car is to always wear a seat belt. Even if you do not have a special belt for pregnant women, it is better to use the regular one than to go without wearing it at all. Never disable airbags in the car – the risk of their absence is many times greater than the potential trouble from deployment. Be sure to stop every two to three hours to warm up. When traveling, stock up on water, food and motion sickness medication. Even if you’ve never felt sick in a car before, it can happen during pregnancy.

As for the train, its only drawback compared to the plane is its low speed, but otherwise it is an ideal transport for pregnant women.

4. Pregnancy period

The best time to travel is the second and the beginning of the third trimester, toxicosis usually passes by this time, but you still do not get tired too quickly. In addition, according to the rules of some airlines, it is forbidden to fly for more than 24-36 weeks. If your pregnancy is already noticeable, the airline representative has the right to require a doctor’s certificate before letting you on board. The certificate must indicate the period in weeks and information that the pregnancy is proceeding without complications and there are no contraindications for the flight. If you are flying with a foreign company, especially if the airports of departure and arrival are not in Russia, make a notarized translation of the certificate into English; a document in Russian may not be accepted from you. Such papers are issued both in state antenatal clinics and in commercial clinics.

5. A few simple rules

The most important thing is not to overwork. If you have enough strength to walk for several hours in a row, do not deny yourself a walk, and if you get tired quickly, give yourself the opportunity to rest. In no case do not force yourself to go to museums or swim in the sea through force, you have every right to dispose of your vacation at your own discretion and taking into account your capabilities.

The same rule applies to outdoor activities – if jogging and many kilometers of swimming are easy for you, there is no need to limit yourself without special instructions from a doctor. But if before you were not distinguished by your love of trekking or cycling, you should definitely not start practicing them during pregnancy.

When it comes to food and drink, the most important thing is to avoid food poisoning; during pregnancy, they are fraught with unpleasant consequences for both mother and baby. So wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly with bottled water and do not eat in questionable establishments. There is no special diet for pregnant women, and all nutritional instructions during this period should be given by a doctor, taking into account your individual characteristics. Usually, pregnant women are advised to refuse products from unpasteurized milk, raw meat and eggs, and some types of fish.

During this period, it is very important to adhere to the rules of exposure to the sun: do not be exposed to direct sunlight from 12 to 16, protect the skin and head and drink water regularly.

And remember, the final travel decision during pregnancy can only be made after consulting your doctor.

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