There are standard precaution health tips every pregnant traveller should know. We have decided to put a few together for you.
Pregnancy is a condition and not an illness…that’s what my Consultant usually says when we where in medical school.
In a situation where you frequently travel due to your kind of job it is important to know when to stop to avoid complications with your pregnancy .
Usually flying during first and second trimester is considered safe, but you should still contact your doctor if you’ve had a history of miscarriage, spotting, diabetes or even high blood pressure during pregnancy.
It is always advisable to check with your doctor first even if you haven’t had any such cases, just to be on the safe side.
Different airlines vary in how many weeks pregnant you can be for them to allow you travel on their planes. Most however, do not allow greater than 36 weeks pregnancy.
It is advisable you check with the airline directly or your travel agent before you even consider booking your flight.
From 28weeks, you are required to have a signed medical letter from your doctor stating that he/she confirms you are safe to fly and highly unlikely to go into labour. Your expected date of delivery will need to be noted.This medical note or letter might need to be paid for when you request for it. Depending on your doctor or the hospital protocols.
Some airlines however, have their own pre- written letter on their website which will just require the doctor to fill in the blank spaces and sign.
Find Below some basic health & precaution tips
- The security scanners you pass through at the airport are metal detectors and not x-ray machines. Only your Luggages are x-rayed. So don’t be scared it will harm your baby.
- Flying has not been discovered to harm your baby. Usually big planes have pressurized cabin pressure which is okay for breathing. Small planes however, do not.
- Request for an aisle seat as this makes it easier for you to get up at any time and exercise or walk around and also go to the bathroom as often as you want without inconveniencing anyone.
- Wear comfortable shoes you can easily remove.cabin pressure may cause your feet to swell slightly, If you have a free seat nearby you can relocate and put your leg up
- During your Flight, try as much as possible to move around often as well as do minor stretching exercise. Sitting for a long time can cause cramps and ankle swelling.You will also need to stay hydrated throughout the flight.
- Any swelling, redness and pain while you touch noticed at the back of your lower leg should be reported immediately as this could be a sign of a blood clot.
- In order to have a nice flight experience, you should:
Check in online early so You can get the seat you want if your airline provides a choice of seating.
- If you can’t check in online, arrive at the airport early because rushing through check-in and security isn’t a pleasant experience, especially when you’re pregnant.
- Wear lightly layered, loose-fitting clothes and choose comfortable shoes.
- Adjust your seat belt under your bump and across your pelvis. If you notice it’s too small, call the attention of the cabin crew. Seat belt extenders are usually kept on board.
- Go to the toilet as soon as you get on the plane, in case it’s kept waiting to take off and you can’t leave your seat.
- Drink a lot of bottled water and fruit juice to stay hydrated.
- Try as much as possible to relax and enjoy the trip.
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