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Pregnant Ladies Like to Travel Too

Want to jet off on a big trip, except you feel you can’t because you’re pregnant? Don’t let the bump stop you. I’ve travelled extensively throughout both of my pregnancies and have just followed some basic precautions. If you’re eager to travel while pregnant (and why not, it may be your last big hurrah before your new life with your baby) here are some things you may wish to know:

Best time to travel

You should always discuss any travel with your doctor first. In theory however the most comfortable time to travel is in the 2nd trimester as the risk of a miscarriage is low, as is the risk of going into labour. Plus, this is the trimester that is often the most comfortable as icky morning sickness is usually gone and your mobility is still relatively normal (no lumbering around yet!).

Travel insurance

Don’t leave home without it. If you are covered under an annual travel insurance policy, don’t forget to call your insurer and update them on your new circumstance, as you might not be covered while pregnant. The good news is that insurance cover is available, but you may need to demonstrate your pregnancy is without complications. Additionally, although many insurance companies do not insure beyond the 32 week mark, it is possible to get insurance cover for the last weeks of your third trimester (though you will likely pay for this privilege).

Flying

Most airlines will allow pregnant women to fly up to the 36th week (32 weeks for multiples) as long as the pregnancy is without complication. Policies differ between carriers but be prepared to provide them with a medical certificate to that effect after the 28th week as well as proof of insurance cover. Here are some precautions you need to take once on board:
Keep well hydrated, particularly on long haul flights.
Pregnant women are at greater risk of deep vein thrombosis so consider wearing compression stockings and get an aisle seat so you can easily get up and about every hour to move around.
Wear your seat-belt under your bump.

Vaccinations

Vaccination are generally not recommended during pregnancy but if you`re travelling to an area that normally requires certain medication (such as anti-malarial drugs), always consult your doctor first before booking tickets and accommodation. Malaria is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and, although there are medications that can be taken while pregnant, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that pregnant women avoid locations with a high prevalence of malaria.

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