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Traveling abroad during pregnancy? 5 tips for a safe and healthy trip

Traveling abroad during pregnancyTraveling abroad during pregnancy

Pregnancy can make international travel even more daunting, and special care should be taken. For most women traveling abroad during pregnancy, traveling is most comfortable during the pregnancy’s second trimester as the nausea of early pregnancy has abated and the discomforts of late pregnancy have not yet occurred.

However, assuming you get the okay of a travel health specialist to engage in international travel, your trip abroad is likely to be a trip you’ll never forget. These top five tips for a healthy and safe trip while pregnant will help to ensure that your adventure is a pleasant and joyful experience.

traveling abroad during pregnancy

Plan for Comfort

When flying to your destination and while abroad, it is important to plan for comfort. Swelling, back aches and joint pain are all common during pregnancy.
  • While on the plane, get up and walk about when allowed. This can reduce swelling.
  • Bring a support pillow.
  • When seated, flex your ankles and knees to promote circulation.

Get Vaccinated

Traveling abroad during pregnancy :- Travel vaccines are especially important for pregnant women. However, not all vaccines are recommended for administration during pregnancy. A visit with travel health specialists can determine your need for specific vaccines. Common vaccines for international travel depend on your destination but often include:

Have a Check-Up

Traveling abroad during pregnancy :- In addition to routine visits with your obstetrician, plan to see a travel health specialist for a pre-travel health exam before embarking on international travels while pregnant. Your travel health specialist will make destination-specific recommendations tailored to your situation. Also, your obstetrician may want to run additional tests to ensure your health while abroad. In some cases, you may need written permission from your physician to travel while pregnant. Getting the contact information for your physician and recommendations for an international obstetrician could help in ensuring your health and well-being while traveling.

Pack Carefully

Packing for your trip requires some extra care while pregnant. Be sure to bring along:
  • A basin or plastic bags in case of car sickness or air sickness
  • Medications, including prenatal vitamins and other over the counter and prescription medicines as recommended by your travel health specialist and obstetrician
  • A copy of your prenatal records
  • Topical antifungal for yeast infections, which are common during pregnancy
  • Sunscreen with an SPF of 50
  • A blood pressure cuff and urine dipsticks if recommended by your obstetrician
  • Mosquito repellant
  • A first aid kit, including oral rehydration solution, water purification tablets and a thermometer

Stay Safe

Medical care overseas is likely to be less available and less modern than what you are used to at home. Due to this fact, taking preventative measures while traveling during pregnancy is especially important.
  • Always wear safety belts while on the plane or on road travel.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Be strict in adhering to recommended food and water safety guidelines from your travel health specialist.
  • Be cautious in traveling to high altitude areas due to lower oxygen levels.
  • Check your health insurance policy to see if overseas medical care and evacuation are included.
Taking an international “babymoon” could be the highlight of your pregnancy. With careful planning, your trip should be a fun, stress-free, and memorable one.
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