Maybe you're a first-time mom or a mom who has never traveled before while being pregnant. You are now considering travel, but unsure about what to expect. These tips I hope will help to ease your mind a bit about traveling while pregnant, and what to expect.
I have traveled quite a lot during both my pregnancies and at different trimesters. I have traveled for weddings, family visits, vacations both nationally (United States) and internationally (the UK, France, and the Caribbean).
I must say that the experience of traveling while pregnant thus far has not been anything dramatic. However, preparation is key, especially when pregnant.
Traveling while pregnant especially during this time of a pandemic may be different, and does cause for a lot more strategic planning and precautionary measures than any other time of travel before.
Are you planning on doing any traveling soon? What are your concerns? Let me know. Please feel free to share your own experiences or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I will be happy to help you!
“Before planing to travel anywhere while pregnant, make sure to consult your doctor to make sure that it is safe to do so."
BEFORE YOUR TRIP
TIP 1: CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
First and foremost, consult with your doctor before traveling anywhere. Travel will vary depending on the trimester, any pregnancy-related complications or risk. That is something that your doctor will discuss with you before you plan to travel.
Pre-cautions to take depends on the travel options for example flying, cruise, road trips, etc., and the cut-off points for when not to travel especially in the third trimester or if you are a high-risk patient. Some patients may also experience difficulties in the first trimester such as food aversions, nausea, and vomiting. As a result, it makes it more difficult to travel during that time.
TIP 2: RESEARCH THE COUNTRY OR STATE THAT YOU ARE TRAVELING TO FOR ANY PRECAUTIONS OR RESTRICTIONS
Make sure to research every destination that you are planning on traveling to especially if you choose to fly to your location of choice. Be reminded that some countries may have an outbreak of a disease or virus that can cause complications in women during pregnancy.
For example, the Zika virus outbreak that happened in the Caribbean could cause potential harm to your child. It is an example of a precaution that can be taken into consideration should you choose to travel to countries experiencing a pandemic.
Also, ensure that you are up-to-date with all your immunizations or vaccines especially when traveling internationally. If you do plan to travel during the pandemic, make sure to be aware of any covid-19 related restrictions both nationally and internationally.