Tips and care when traveling pregnant

Traveling pregnant is safe, as long as you have a normal pregnancy (no known risks or complications), do not do very often or for long periods of time, and your doctor will not otherwise.

As for the proximity of your due date, you should not travel by plane after 36 weeks of pregnancy (within the US), according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. To travel to international destinations, policies are set by the airlines, but usually the limit is marked between 32 and 35 weeks, including your return date.

If you have a high-risk pregnancy or complications, such as preeclampsia, multiple pregnancy, previous losses, among others, better keep your feet on the ground. Remember that the flight crew does not have the capacity to treat obstetric emergencies.

ConsĂșltale to your doctor before traveling. If there is any risk that go into preterm labor, it is best to avoid flying.

Traveling together. A companion can help with luggage and walk to the other terminal for yours will. But its greatest usefulness is as a source of information and assistance if you feel bad or have any medical need.

Get up and walk or move your legs. While it is safe, get up and walk through the halls every hour to help your circulation and prevent blood clots. Of course you should not do it if there is turbulence or have instructed to remain seated and belted, but at least you stretch your legs and do pushups in your seat every 30 minutes.

Use the seat belt. Although belt light is off, keep your seat belt fastened whenever you’re seated. Remember that a fall or major impact is very dangerous for a pregnant woman and a plane can not predict movements or sudden turbulence (more information: Attaching the safety belt during pregnancy).

Bring food. When budgets airline took them to reduce costs, the food on the plane became a first-class benefit. Depending on the length of your flight, with costs you get a glass of water and peanuts. And as you know, hunger and nutritional needs of pregnant women can not wait until your next stop. Take precautions and pack plenty of snacks in your hand luggage. Small but frequent meals can also help you avoid nausea in pregnancy.

Avoid drinking sodas or foods that can produce gas. In the air, the pressure experienced when the aircraft descends, the gases within your abdomen expand. If you’ve taken a soda you will feel more uncomfortable account.

Drink plenty of water. The air you breathe in the air contains very little moisture and can dehydrate you faster. Be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and blood clots (you may be interested: FAQ: How much water should take during pregnancy?).

Window or aisle? Aisle! It is no secret that pregnant women go to the bathroom all the time, and it’s not your fault. The pressure exerted on your belly your bladder makes you need to go to the bathroom frequently, especially if you spend much time sitting. You must also get up every hour to walk and, after hours confined in a small space and uncomfortable, you probably want to be the first off the plane.

Nothing to load luggage or heavy objects. All you can upload is your passport, and perhaps your wallet and hand luggage with wheels. Hand takes money for tips, and uses the services of assistants who are in airports. If you must put your hand luggage in the overhead compartment contact your carrier helps a flight attendant or another passenger. And when picking up your luggage on the carousel, ask for the assistance of whoever is next to you. You will be amazed how many people are willing to help a pregnant woman!

Dress yourself comfortable. We talked about the importance of circulation to help prevent clot formation, that’s one of the reasons to dress comfortable. In addition, when going through the security check you save time if you use clothes that do not have metal objects. Remember that the temperature in the plane is unpredictable, dressed in layers so you do not suffer from cold or heat.

Bring all relevant information, including your blood type, details of your condition and contact numbers in case of emergency.

Safety checks. Passing through security checkpoints you can request an inspection with manual detector. Although there radiation risks of security machines are known, you have the right to ask for this special treatment.

Terrorism alerts. Terrorism alerts mean you can last longer at the airport and your flight delays can have (and need additional snacks!). You can get information on the status of the terror alert on page Department of Homeland Security United States.

If your baby is born while you’re traveling. If your baby is born emergency at your destination, remember that it is not recommended that infants traveling by air during their first week of life. Your lungs do not yet have the ability to maintain necessary levels of oxygen to the low cabin pressure and altitude.