When you are pregnant, you should take good care of your body to ensure your baby is healthy and safe. Traveling when pregnant, especially during the last three months, can be challenging if proper planning is not done. If possible, avoid public means of transport when you are pregnant for better comfort. Here are a number of thing you can do to ensure that you and the baby you are carrying are safe when traveling.
Purchase travel insurance
Pregnancy comes with many health issues and an emergency can strike any time. Having travel insurance you can be sure that you are safe. In case of an emergency such as a complication, you can receive medical assistance at no expense. Travel insurance is essential for pregnant women especially those that travel to work every day.
Consult your physician
Seek advice from your doctor about traveling while pregnant. The doctor will be able to examine your pregnancy and perform test to determine whether it’s safe for you to travel while pregnant. Additionally, your doctor will tell you whether your intended travel destinations are safe for your pregnancy. Also, you doctor will advise you on precaution measures to take in case you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Prepare all your medical records
Include all your medical records in your package list. Gather all information that is related to your pregnancy, your contact and your health. Provide useful information such as prenatal chart, your last menstrual date, your risk factors results of your lab test, medical history and your due date. Also, prepare contact information of people that can be contacted in case you are in an emergency. In case you are planning to have a prolonged stay, inquire about hospitals in your new area. Keep in touch with your physician while away.
Gather your medications
Package all your prescriptions such as prenatal vitamins and other supplements that you may be taking. Inquire from your doctor whether you will need to buy other medications before you travel to your new destination especially if you are moving to a region with different environment. Avoid taking medications without prescriptions even if it’s a supplement.
Check your prenatal test schedule
It important is to ensure that your travel date doesn’t conflicts with your set prenatal test schedule. There are important prenatal tests that should be done during specific weeks of pregnancy. Down syndrome should be done 9 to 13 weeks while ultra sound should be done about 16 to 20 weeks. Other important prenatal test that should not conflict with your travel dates include group B strep screening, Rh-negative test, chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis and glucose screen test.
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