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Can’t you see the time to pack up and explore the world? If you’re pregnant, take it easy. You need to investigate if travelling will not bring problems for your health and that of your baby.
Fortunately, most pregnant women can set foot on the road – as long as they take proper care. In risky situations, perhaps the best alternative is to postpone plans for a while. However, before preparing the script, make an appointment with your obstetrician. He will be able to assess your situation and say whether or not you should leave your town.
During the consultation, tell all the details: what will be the means of transportation used, the distance, the destination … Only then the professional will be able to guide the family in the best way. To go to tropical regions, for example, you need to take the yellow fever vaccine, contraindicated for pregnant women. Going up and down mountains is allowed, as long as the obstetrician authorizes it, but you have to eat well and be prepared, because your pressure may drop.
How many months?
The answer will also depend on the stage of pregnancy. The second trimester is the most suitable. It is during this period that the mother usually feels better and more willing, since the symptoms of the first three months – nausea and excessive sleep are usually the most uncomfortable – tend to decrease, along with the risk of miscarriage.
The final straight requires a series of precautions, because the birth is closer and the discomfort with the weight of the belly increases.
If you are in your third trimester and your obstetrician doesn’t indicate any impediment to take the trip forward, choose a nearby destination. This is because from the 36th week onwards, labor can begin at any time.
So either you choose a place that gives you time to come back if you start to feel the contractions, or you program to have your baby there if that’s an option. During this time, it’s best to give preference to journeys made by car. This way, the vehicle becomes available in case you need to run to the maternity ward.
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Means of transport
When traveling by car or bus, support your spine well in the armchair to avoid discomfort. When putting on your seat belt, let it pass under your stomach and not in front of it. This way, you feel better and don’t run the risk of getting hurt if you need a sudden brake.
If the journey is long, it is also important to stop for a while to stand, stretch your legs, walk, go to the bathroom – pregnant women know how much this is necessary.
Some myths say that flying at the beginning of pregnancy can be bad and even cause a miscarriage, but it is only a legend. The pressure drop and radiation are minimal and this does not affect the pregnancy.
If this is your option and you are in the seventh, eighth or ninth month, just be aware of the rules of your chosen airline. Some require medical clearance because they understand that a pregnant woman can go into labor at any time. Even if your pregnancy is not so advanced, if the journey is many hours long, get up once in a while and walk down the aisle, if only to go to the bathroom. Stretching and moving your legs promotes circulation and helps prevent swelling. The tip of the belt also applies here: pass it under your belly.
Anyone going on a cruise or boat ride should talk to the obstetrician and ask him to prescribe a safe motion sickness medicine. To prevent discomfort, prefer light food at mealtimes.
Regardless of the type of transportation, choose to always travel in comfortable clothing and, if you need it, take pillows that will help you find a comfortable position along the way.
Set up a thermal lunch box with healthy snack options and take a small bottle of water to hydrate yourself frequently. The liquid is another essential ally to prevent swelling, so common and uncomfortable during pregnancy.
Ok, your obstetrician has released the trip, your health is perfect and so is your baby’s, and you’ve packed everything you’ll need so you don’t have any problems. Even so, never just count on luck and check out all the options you’ll have in case something unforeseen happens. Make sure your health plan provides coverage in the city you’re going to or take out travel insurance.
Also see which are and where are the closest hospitals and take the contact of your doctor always in the bag, along with the card with information about you and the pregnancy. If possible, also include some of your latest tests in your bag.
By the sea
If you go to the beach, there’s no problem entering the sea until the ninth month. As a precaution, to prevent yourself from falling or other accidents, prefer to go only as far as the water hits your knees. Another important recommendation is to avoid getting wet in your bikini for too long, as this may increase the risk of developing candidiasis. The pregnant woman may also have contact with sand, as long as she has no bruises on her hands or feet. The injuries serve as a gateway for bacteria that may exist in the area. Although there are many options, avoid food purchased from tents or from dubious sources. Ideally, take your bag with healthy, home-prepared food.
Complete and compact
Some items are indispensable in a pregnant woman’s suitcase, whatever the destination you choose. The sunscreen is number one. Make it rain or sunny, do not forget to pass the product every day. Pregnant women have a predisposition to accumulate spots on their skin – the so-called melasmas. Sunbathing without protection only facilitates the problem.
During that appointment with the obstetrician before the trip, check which medications you can take and assemble a prevention kit. Choose comfortable clothes and shoes, suitable for the temperature of the place. Despite the unpleasant aesthetic result, an elastic pantyhose can also help the circulation, especially for those who will sit for hours.
But watch out! Be moderate when assembling the luggage. Make a list with only the necessary items and do not take anything in excess. After all, only the belly already offers enough weight, isn’t it?
Sources: Dr. Giuliana Petti, gynecologist and obstetrician at Hospital e Maternidade São Luiz Itaim, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Fernando Moreira de Andrade, specialized in fetal medicine.
Text extracted from www.revistacrescer.globo.com