Congratulations mommy! You’re carrying a miracle inside you and you’re bringing your world a bundle of joy that’s going to make you the happiest. We know pregnancy can be hard at times, especially in the beginning and at the end, but you’re strong enough to handle it. There are, however, certain precautions you need to consider while you’re pregnant; one of them is travelling. Although most people state that travelling is usually safe for pregnant women in their 2nd trimester, few risks could happen during pregnancy if the necessary checks were not done. Don’t worry, mom; we’ve got you covered.
What are the Possible Risks?
Developing Countries Infections
Your work can force you sometimes to travel or you just may be bored and want to go on your last vacation before being an actual mom. That’s all fine as long as you see your doctor first and confirm that travelling won’t be a problem for you. However, don’t forget to inform him/her of where you’re going, because some countries like India, China and South Africa have diseases that can affect your pregnancy and baby no matter how healthy your pregnancy is. Illnesses like Malaria and Zika are usually found in developing countries; they are both spread by mosquitoes and can both cause serious birth defects and miscarriages. Try your best to avoid travelling to such countries, unless it’s absolutely inevitable.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a condition where blood clots form in the leg veins or other areas of the body; the danger relies upon that these clots can easily travel to the lungs. This condition can happen to a pregnant woman who sits for long hours during a flight or a car ride or on a train. The risk of having DVT increases if you had DVT in the past, weigh more than 100 KG or you’re carrying more than one fetus. If you have one of these risks, it’s better not to travel. However, if travelling is necessary, you should avoid the risk of having DVT by choosing the fastest option for travelling, stretching your legs and ankles every half an hour and keeping your body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Pregnant women over 35 weeks are usually not allowed to fly at all due to the dangers they might face, especially if they have gestational diabetes or a multiple pregnancy. Some airlines won’t allow pregnant women in their last six weeks to travel unless they have a doctor’s note. If you travel by airline, you may also encounter the danger of preterm labor, which will force you to give birth with a different doctor, who might not be qualified enough and cause you and your baby birth injuries like brain damage, fractured bones or infections. You can definitely sue this doctor and appoint attorneys for obgyn malpractice, who will be able to claim your right to cover medications and have financial help. But who would want to suffer these mishaps? With these dangers on the line, avoid traveling as much as possible to guarantee your safety.
When is the Best Time to Travel?
In the middle of your pregnancy, your 2nd trimester or, as some people call it, your pregnancy honeymoon, is usually the best time to travel in. It’s the time between week 14 and week 28, where you’re enjoying the most comfortable period of your pregnancy. During this period you don’t suffer from morning sickness that you probably had in the 1st trimester and, also, your growing belly is not so much of an issue for like it would be in the last 3 months. The third trimester is usually accompanied by backaches, fatigue, insomnia and discomfort, and that’s why it is best not to travel during it. If travelling is a must, you should try to make it within the 2nd trimester to avoid premature labor or any other possible risks.
If you planned your travel, your doctor approved it and your trip was harmless and you reached your destination safe and sound, don’t get carried away with the vacation activities. Although nothing happened to you or to the baby during your trip, you’re most probably tired and need excessive rest. That’s why it’s wise to avoid some sporting activities like skiing, scuba diving, horse riding and mountain climbing. The enormous motion of these activities can cause the placenta to be separated from the uterus. Also, if you take a hard fall, it can cause your baby high risk of trauma or sometimes death. You also want to stay away from saunas and hot tubs, since the hot temperature can harm your baby.
Expect the Unexpected
Sometimes all the signs could confirm that your pregnancy is healthy, and it is safe for you to travel, but some unexpected symptoms may occur to you while you’re travelling. Belly or back pains, cramps, blurred vision and vaginal bleeding are dangerous symptoms that can threaten your pregnancy. So, if you face any of them, you should seek immediate medical care. Even if you’re in the 2nd trimester, these could be signs of miscarriage or preterm labor. Sometimes, your water may break too, which is why you need to be prepared with a medical kit and be in touch with your healthcare provider to save your pregnancy.
Carrying a child inside you is not an easy task; whoever denies that is a liar. As much as it’s a cute and an adorable journey, it’s demanding, tiring and exhausting. You could have a happy and healthy pregnancy at times, or you can endure 9 months of restlessness or you can have a bit of both. Therefore, it’s crucial not to do any harmful activities that could provoke any dangers upon you or your baby. If your pregnancy faces complications, it’s best to limit or restrict travel; you surely don’t want to cause your little one any birth problems. If, however, traveling is unavoidable, try to be as cautious as you can to avoid the possible risks that we discussed earlier to enjoy a safe and secure pregnancy.