January 15th, 2011  |  Published in Health, TIPS

1 Safety first: Keep hygiene your top priority while travelling. As cold and flu is common due to less effectiveness of immune system, take adequate vaccines that will prevent possible infections.

2 Footwear wise: Staying erect becomes the key objective for expectant mothers as hormonal changes makes joints loose. So spend on good footwear i.e. no feels and rubber sole for strong grip so that you don’t fall. Every precaution is to be taken to control your foot movements, no fast moving steps and grip should be proper.

3 Dry waves: Always apply good body lotions and baby cream in small intervals during your journey to protect yourself from itching and dryness due to cold air. Re-apply every three to four hours.

4 Water intakes: Dehydration is expected during winter due to fewer intakes of water and perspiration so ensure to at least drink 12 glasses of water. Swelling of ankles is common in pregnancy due to dehydration so it is better to keep a bottle of water from home.

5 Travel essentials: Carrying a copy of medical details can make your trip smooth and easy. In emergency, others can be guided properly. Also carry necessary vitamins and prescribed medications.

6 Road Travel: Every precaution should be taken to avoid bumpy rides or for that matter any activity which is uncomfortable. So it is advisable to avoid rides by 2-3 wheelers (Scooters, Motor cycles, rickshaws, Auto-rickshaws) in initial period termed as first trimester.

7 Air Travel: While most of people and doctors would recommend no traveling through Air during complete pregnancy period. While few suggest that air travel can be chosen after first 30 weeks of pregnancy. So, it is better if you can avoid air travel unless it’s very urgent, but yes take complete precaution and proper advice from doctor before travelling.

Other Precautions

  • Check out if the place you are travelling to adequate medical facilities in case of emergencies, and it should be equipped enough to deal with caesarean sections.
  • Avoid travelling to a place which is located at a very high altitude towards the end of your pregnancy. If you do so, take it easy for the first few days and give your body a chance to acclimatize itself.
  • Eat only well cooked meals and avoid raw foods and salads. You don’t want to fall ill at this stage.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date before traveling.
  • It is important to get your health insurance done, especially if you are traveling to a place where medical care is expensive. The plan should include medical costs for the newborn as well.
  • Avoid adventure sports if you are holidaying.


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