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
- 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.
Have a Check-Up
- A basin or plastic bags in case of carsickness 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
- 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.