Most women are concerned whether traveling is allowed during pregnancy. It is generally safe for pregnant women to travel especially if they have an uncomplicated pregnancy. However, the go signal must only come from your health care provider. The best time to travel is actually between the 14th and 28th week of gestation. The first few weeks of pregnancy are actually very crucial because the risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy is high. Some women also prefer to let the early symptoms of pregnancy pass. However, if you feel fine, and if your doctor has allowed you to do so, then there is absolutely no reason why you can’t travel.

Airline companies often have restrictions as to how far you are with your pregnancy while traveling. Ask what documentation is needed and secure it from your health care provider. This should contain your due date as well as other medical conditions that you have. Choosing big planes may also be necessary because it has a well pressurized cabin, as compared to small ones. Preferably, choose an aisle seat because pregnant women experience an increased in the frequency of urination, and it is easier to go to the toilet as needed. If the travel time is too long, walking occasionally will help in promoting circulation in the lower extremities.

With businesses growing globally, many career oriented women are making work related trips abroad. Make sure to schedule your plans only after the doctor has cleared you safe to travel. It is also important to have enough prenatal vitamins to last you through your stay. Doctors may even want to know where you are heading because some international destinations require vaccinations to protect you against certain diseases. If you are traveling internationally, secure a copy of your health records. This will be helpful in case you might need a consultation in the country where you are heading to.

The most common concern for traveling abroad is diarrhea which may lead to dehydration. In order to avoid this, make sure you drink plenty of bottled water and to choose what you eat. Choose foods that have been properly cleaned and cooked. Eating raw and improperly prepared foods may only predispose a woman to ingesting bacteria such as listeria and salmonella.  When ingested, listeria may cause stillbirth, miscarriage, and other severe illnesses for your unborn child. Salmonella on the other hand, may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, fever and headache. In very rare instances, it may also lead to miscarriage. Toxoplasmosis is another infection that may develop due to the ingestion of raw or uncooked meat, or in unwashed fruits and vegetables. Although it is not common, it is better to be safe because if ingested, the infection may be passed to the baby. Unpasteurized milk and cheeses should also be avoided.

When traveling by car, it is always important to wear your seatbelt. The lower belt should be strapped across your lower lap or upper thighs. The shoulder belt should also be between your breasts, and over your shoulder and not over your abdomen. If your car has an air bag, slide the seat back as far as possible and tilt the seat back slightly, to increase the space between your chest and the airbag. It is also important to take walk and bladder breaks preferably every two hours. Your distended uterus may alter the circulation of your lower extremities, thus walking is essential to promote circulation. Pregnant women should also avoid driving long distances alone. It is good to have a driving companion because it will ensure that you have somebody who can drive for you, in case you might not suddenly feel well on the road.
Before you leave for any trip, consult your health care provider and discuss thoroughly your concerns. It may also be wise if you ask your doctor what steps you can take if ever you get nausea or diarrhea while traveling. It is never safe to take over the counter medications without the doctor’s approval because it may be harmful to the baby. If your trip requires you to stay in that area for quite a while, check what facilities are nearby that you can contact, in case of early labor and other emergencies

Pregnancy does not require a woman to stay indoors to prevent any complications. For as long as you haven’t reached your 36th week of pregnancy and you do not have risk factors for early labor, traveling can still be enjoyed. A woman’s body may change due to pregnancy, but there are ways to modify your activities, in order to meet the demands of your delicate condition.