During the festival, in addition to going home for the Chinese New Year, many people also choose to travel. This is not normally what. Once pregnant, traveling abroad becomes a big problem.
It is not necessary to stay at home when you are pregnant, but pregnancy is a special period after all. If you need to travel long distances, you should carefully consider and plan in detail to avoid some unnecessary troubles.
Choose a good time
The best time to travel during pregnancy is in the second trimester of pregnancy, that is, the 12th to 28th weeks of pregnancy.
Most emergencies such as abortion occur in the early stage of pregnancy, and the pregnancy reaction of expectant mothers in the early stage of pregnancy is relatively strong, and long-distance travel may bring more discomfort. However, it is not convenient for expectant mothers to move in the late pregnancy. Tiredness and food hygiene during the journey may threaten the health of mothers and infants.
Therefore, if you plan to travel during pregnancy, it is recommended to choose the second trimester of pregnancy.
When setting the travel time, one should also consider one’s own prenatal examination time. Don’t miss the important examination during pregnancy because of travel. You can ask the obstetrician first and make arrangements in advance.
At the same time, we should also know our physical condition. If there are some complications during pregnancy, we do not recommend long-distance travel to avoid small losses and big losses.
Precautions for Different Travel Modes
Self-driving tour is a more convenient way to travel. Pregnant women should not drive for too long every time. They should drive alternately with their companions every few hours. If others drive, they should also get off the bus every five or six hours to take a rest.
Pregnant women must wear seat belts when driving or riding.
Some airlines have requirements on the gestational weeks of pregnant women. For example, American airlines will advise pregnant women who are more than 36 weeks pregnant not to fly. When determining their itinerary, they must ask the specific regulations of the airlines.
Pregnant women flying should pay attention to the following situations:
- Avoid gas-producing foods and carbonated drinks before flying. When conditions permit, it is best to choose a seat near the aisle so that you can stand up and move at any time during the long-distance flight. It is best to have someone with you when you get up and move. In case of turbulence, someone can help you in time. Fasten your seat belt all the way.
Before traveling by boat, you can find a doctor to prescribe some seasickness drugs that are safe for pregnant women. Some people also think that a bracelet that can reduce seasickness reaction is very effective.
If you take a boat for a long time, you should pay attention to whether your cruise ship has passed the health and safety inspection of the CDC.
Attention must be paid to food hygiene on board to avoid diarrhea.
When planning your trip, first check whether infectious diseases are prevalent in the destination country and whether targeted vaccines can be vaccinated in advance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States can also provide relevant travel warnings, safety precautions and the latest vaccination regulations in many countries.
Mothers-to-be had better stay at a respectful distance from malaria-endemic Africa, Central and Southern America and some parts of Asia.
When traveling abroad, it is safer to drink boiled water or qualified bottled water. Don’t eat raw meat products, fish, alcohol or various alcoholic beverages in order to experience local [customs].
Some drugs can be prepared to deal with possible traveler diarrhea.