Busting Myths about Travelling During Pregnancy
Amongst all the excitement of welcoming a happy and healthy baby, it is natural to curtail your activities during pregnancy. At the same time, you cannot completely change the life you were leading. A lot has been said about travel during pregnancy. Despite the abundant information available, questions about travelling concern most expecting mothers.
Read on as we break a few myths about travelling during pregnancy.
Myth 1: It is not safe to drive during pregnancy.
If you have been driving before pregnancy, you may continue to do so even after conceiving. Provided that there are no complications in your pregnancy, driving will not cause any harm. However, as your baby bump begins to grow, you may find it difficult to get in and out of the car, and your stomach may get in the way of the steering wheel. As always, do maintain the speed limit while driving. Sitting for long periods of time during pregnancy might get uncomfortable so avoid long trips. Simple stretching as you get in and out of the car will help in blood circulation.
Myth 2: Air Travel is not safe.
As long as you have a normal, healthy pregnancy, it is safe to travel in a plane. It is best to travel during the second trimester (14-27 weeks) since the risks for miscarriage and preterm labor are the lowest. Consult your doctor before you decide to fly. Avoid flying after the 36th week of pregnancy. In case you still have to travel during the later stage of pregnancy, seek your doctor’s advice. It is best to choose the aisle seat on the aircraft since you may feel the need to frequently visit the bathroom.
Myth 3: Pregnant women should not wear a seat belt.
Apart from the fact that it is illegal, not wearing a seat belt can be a huge risk for you and your baby. However, it is best to use a few safety precautions while you buckle up. The lap portion of the seat belt should be worn below your bump to fit across your thighs and hips. The diagonal shoulder portion of the seat belt should be worn over your collarbone and between your breasts. Never wear any portion of the seat belt over your stomach area. If you are going on longer trips, take regular breaks to stretch.
Don’t let pregnancy hamper your travel plans. Follow the right safety precautions for a happy, healthy, and mobile pregnancy.
Watch Dr. Hema Divakar, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, talk about travel safety during pregnancy.