Pregnancy does not make a woman handicapped, not allowing her to travel during this period. But it is essential to follow precautions to have a safe journey. These section covers certain tips to be followed for long distance travel during pregnancy:
It is advisable to carry your case file while your visit to a distant place, to have necessary details about the current pregnancy in case of unseen emergency that may arise. Kindly carry sufficient quantity of your medications to avoid discontinuity in the treatment.
If the journey continues for long period of time, immobilisation increases the chances of deep vein thrombosis. It is a condition where there is clotting of blood in the legs due to prolonged periods of non changing body position. These clots can block the blood vessels of lung causing breathlessness, and at times death. This blood clotting tendency of the body is further increased in pregnancy, more likely in air travel. Nevertheless it can still occur in train or bus travel as well. Woman should regularly move about during her travel to prevent this complication. Short frequent walks also helps the case.
It is better to carry clean drinking water and keep it handy, as travelling in air conditioned environment can cause dehydration. Hydration also decreases the changes of deep vein thrombosis. Also safe, hygienic food and water should be consumed at all times to prevent food poisoning, infections and diarrhoea.
Airline companies have certain restrictions with the gestational age during travel. Beyond 32 -36 weeks of gestation, air travel is prohibited, hence it is advised to check the restrictions for domestic and international travel. Certain pregnancy related states like history of preterm labor or threatened preterm labor provide limitations for travel, and it is advised to consult Dr. Mantri before travel is planned in these scenarios.
Dr. MANTRI wishes you an enjoyable and safe journey. Enjoy!