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While pregnancy comes with its own difficulties and risks, travelling while pregnant may be done safely with proper planning. To make your pregnancy trip as stress-free as possible, keep these helpful ideas in mind.
Time your travel carefully
To begin, see your doctor around 6 weeks before your vacation. It’s crucial to be transparent about your travel plans, including your intended location, duration of stay, and any planned activities. Your health care practitioner will use this information, along with your medical history, to make a decision and approve travel.
Understanding destination access requirements
Do you need a visa or an electronic travel authorization to access your chosen destination?
Check before you plan your trip so as not to get stressed at the border over paperwork issues.
If travelling to Canada, for example, check Canada ETA for quick and painless authorization in minutes. Similarly, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) permits entry to the nation but not after eight months of pregnancy. However, a competent health care provider must confirm the decision to travel, and proper documentation must be presented.
You may also engage with an immigration consultant when seeking to understand destination access requirements. Immigration regulations vary widely between countries, and a consultant can provide you with comprehensive insights into the specific entry criteria for your chosen destination. They have in-depth knowledge of entry permits and any additional documents needed for your travel. This way, you’re well-informed about the latest regulations, helping you navigate potential challenges and avoid pitfalls that could lead to disruptions in your travel plans.
Check your insurance meticulously
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance if you intend to travel while pregnant. Most policies do not automatically cover pregnancy-related illnesses or hospital care for premature infants, so consider the coverage it provides.
Be mindful of mandatory vaccinations
In general, live immunizations (such as measles, mumps, and rubella) should be avoided by pregnant women; however, inactivated vaccines are generally safe (e.g. hepatitis B).
The decision to get vaccinated while pregnant should be discussed with your doctor, who will assess your personal health, the destination, the length of your trip, and the risk of catching the disease.
Most airlines impose restrictions on late-pregnancy travel or may require a doctor’s written authorization. Before reserving your flight, inquire about the airline’s restrictions.
Pregnant women are more likely to develop blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), although this risk can be lowered by getting up, walking around and exercising or stretching your legs while seated. Choose an aisle seat whenever possible to give yourself some extra room!
Wear loose clothing and comfy shoes. Your health care physician may recommend wearing compression stockings as an extra strategy to lower your risk.
When travelling, always buckle up. Strap above and below your stomach when using a diagonal shoulder strap with a lap belt. If you have a lap belt, fasten it below your stomach at the pelvic area.
Keep local healthcare details close by
It’s an obvious point to make, but it’s a powerful one nonetheless. If you decide to travel, make sure you have contact information or a map of where you should go in case you have any concerns.
Make a note of your destination’s emergency services number, such as 999 in the United Kingdom. When it comes to lowering stress, it helps to be prepared.
Seek medical help immediately for:
- Vaginal bleeding; passing tissue/clots
- Vomiting or diarrhea,
- Abdominal pain/cramps,
- Breaking waters,
- Unusual leg swelling/pain,
- Severe headaches/visual problems.
With these tips, you should be well on your way to feeling empowered enough to travel while pregnant; have fun!