Being pregnant makes you a bit vulnerable compared to other passengers especially because you are now responsible for two lives, one very delicate. The good news is that there usually no restrictions on travelling when pregnant until your 30th week. The period of restrictions varies depending on the airline and the presence of complications. Here are a few tips and things to know and have when travelling while pregnant.
Check with your doctor
Before making any plans, make sure you check in with your doctor on whether or not the trip will be okay for you and your baby. Ask whether you need any shots or medication for the destinations. If they have any recommendations for doctors or hospitals that can help you once you arrive, make sure you get their contacts.
Carry medical documentation
Depending on the type of flight (local or international), and specific airline regulations, you might have to carry medical documentation on your pregnancy during your trip. These files usually have information about how far along you are, expected date of delivery, presence of complications, and whether the pregnancy is singular or multiple. This helps the airline make necessary adjustments to cater to you while you are on board.
Plan the trip around your second trimester
You must note that all pregnancies are different and so are individual women. However, on average, the second trimester of pregnancy appears to be the easiest time to fly and travel. This is because pregnancy has not become too heavy so you can still go about normal activities. But you are also past nausea, morning sickness and fatigue that comes with the first trimester. You are less likely to fall sick or have any difficulties in your second trimester.
Relax and take your time
When you are pregnant, you cannot afford to push against people in busy gates and terminals. Therefore, you have to be at the airport early enough to go through security checks fast and easy. Once you are waiting to go on board, make sure you find a nice spot to sit and relax. Have as little carry-on luggage as possible. Stay hydrated and have your healthy snacks with you so that you do not starve during your flight.
Once you are in the airplane, make sure you get a seat closest to the exit. It will be easier for you to enter and leave once you have landed. Get a seat next to the aisle so that you won’t have to squeeze through people when you need to get to the bathroom. Adjust your seatbelt so that it is not too tight around your belly. Cushion your neck and back to reduce muscle strain. Stretch forward or lift your legs if possible to keep them from swelling. You can also make friends with a cabin crewmember so that they can help you whenever you need something.