You may not think that it’s safe to travel while you’re pregnant, but if your physician OKs it and you prepare intelligently, you don’t have to stay at home just because you’re pregnant. This article will tell you what’s safe and what’s not, and the best ways to remain comfortable when traveling while pregnant.
Airlines and Policies
Different airlines have different rules for pregnant travelers, but you’ll have to go through Transportation Safety Administration checkpoints, regardless of the airline you’re flying. That means metal detectors. Are they safe?
Metal detectors in airports use low-frequency electromagnetic fields, to check for potential weapons. Actually, everything that uses or generates electricity, including household appliances, produces electromagnetic fields. The metal detector bases and wands used at airports are safe for pregnant women, says the TSA.
Luggage x-ray machines, on the other hand, emit radiation like that found in dental x-rays, but these are only used on bags. Even the newer scans used for scanning people are said to be safe by the TSA.
You can usually fly up to 36 weeks of your term. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your physician may advise you not to fly. Even women with uncomplicated pregnancies are advised to avoid flight during the final month of pregnancy. For more information about pregnancy, look here.
Discuss Your Travel Plans with Your Doctor
If your doctor is concerned about your traveling, then it might be better not to travel. Remember, if you go into labor in a city you only planned to visit, you may have to deliver your baby in a strange hospital with a doctor you don’t know, according to WebMD.
Safe Pregnancy Travel
- If you are planning to travel while pregnant, you may want to purchase trip insurance. Events can be unpredictable, and purchasing trip insurance will cover you if you need to cancel the trip.
- Have a check-up before you leave. Your physician will be able to tell you if traveling is safe in your case, or not.
- Put your ob-gyn’s number on your cell phone speed dial, and do the same with anyone with whom you are traveling.
- Package up your medications and prenatal vitamins and keep them in your purse, just in case your bags go someplace where you are not.
- Check ahead and get the number of a doctor in the local area into which you are traveling.
- Get the phone number of a local doctor, just in case.
- For other pregnancy facts, check this page out.
The American Pregnancy Association states that even when you travel by land, there are things that should be considered. This will make your trip safer, not to mention more comfortable.
- Buckle up when riding in a car. Use the full shoulder belt to protect both you and your baby.
- Be careful when going down bus aisles. They are quite narrow. If you need to use the restroom, hang onto the seat rests as you go by, for balance.
- The same is true on train trips. There may be a bit more room to walk in the aisles, but the restrooms are small. Use care and hold onto seat rests when the train is moving.
- On car trips, use rest stops on the road to do stretches and take short walks, for proper circulation.
- Limit the length of your train, car or bus trips. Keep your travel time at about five or six hours.
With proper planning and safety precautions, travel while pregnant is very possible.
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