6 festive season travel tips for pregnant moms

You can travel while you wait for your little one to arrive. You've just got to take a few safety precautions.
You can travel while you wait for your little one to arrive. You've just got to take a few safety precautions.

Are you taking a long, scenic drive along the coast this Christmas? Or jetting off to spend the holidays with your family across the world? Or are you a little more cautious now that you’ve got a little one on the way? While moms-to-be are encouraged to take their extra passenger into account while travelling, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little vacay with baby on board.

Dr Howard Manyonga, obstetrician and head of The Birthing Team says, “Good planning is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. A well-informed mom should be able to minimise their discomfort and reduce their risk during travel. It is safe for most pregnant women to travel while pregnant, but there are some steps to take that help ensure that both mom and baby travel safely and comfortably.”

While Dr Manyonga advises moms to be to speak to their doctors, just in case, before travelling, he offers 6 basic tips for travelling moms-to-be.

Is there any specific travel advice your doctor gave you when you were expecting? Tell us by emailing chatback@parent24.com and we may publish your comments.

1. Keep moving

During long car, bus or plane trips, remember to stop, get up and move around regularly. Sitting still for long periods of time can be very uncomfortable, but it can also increase the risk of mom developing blood clots in her legs.

2. Wear your seatbelt right

Wear your seatbelt below and beside your belly, not across it and never risk travelling on the road without a seatbelt.

3. Avoid heavy lifting

When you’re pregnant your ligaments soften, which means you’re more prone to injuries. Carrying heavy bags and boxes is a bad idea. Avoid heavy lifting, even if it is a box of ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree.

4. Plan bathroom breaks

While pregnant you need to drink plenty of water so you’ll be taking more trips to the loo. Take an aisle seat if you’re getting on a plane or plan to stop off at every garage to avoid discomfort when on the road.

Also read: Is it safe to swim during pregnancy?

5. Pack snacks

Low blood sugar levels are bad for you and your baby – make sure you have healthy snacks to bridge the gaps between meals. This will also help if you start to feel nauseous.

6. Carry your prenatal records

And of course, always  have a copy of your latest antenatal record and test results from your medical team – just in case something goes wrong.

Is there any specific travel advice your doctor gave you when you were expecting? Tell us by emailing chatback@parent24.com and we may publish your comments.

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