The holiday season is sure to put an extra bounce in your step, especially with all the upcoming festivities, but it can also bring a lot of stress. Crowded stores, hectic schedules and long lines at the airport are hardly reasons to smile.
If you’re pregnant, the holiday season can give you some much needed time to relax. It is just as important to make sure that you’re as safe as possible while traveling in your delicate condition.
There has been some debate about whether or not it’s safe to fly during pregnancy, and the best way to get from one place to another. The best way to travel will depend on how far along you are, as well as your personal health. The second trimester, 14 to 27 weeks, is typically the easiest time to travel by plane because morning sickness has typically stopped and energy levels are higher.
It’s best to check with your doctor with any plans to travel, but especially so if you have a history of spotting, diabetes, high blood pressure during your pregnancy, or a previous premature birth. You might also want to consider getting written permission to fly from your Orlando OBGYN.
Most airlines have policies that prohibit women who are over 34-36 weeks pregnant from flying without a doctor’s note; some limits start as early as 28 weeks. Check with the airline prior to purchasing your ticket for their guidelines.
If you’re planning to drive to your destination, you need not worry about airbags harming your baby. Airbags were designed to keep you safe while in the car, so long as you’re wearing your seatbelt correctly. To minimize any risk, however, you can move your seat back as far as possible and tilt it back slightly, or sit in the back seat.
Even though the holidays are for relaxing, it’s important to make sure that you are still eating healthy for both yourself and your baby. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and make sure that you stay hydrated.
Contemporary Women’s Care, an OBGYN Orlando, has a few quick tips for the pregnant traveler:
- Reduce stress by planning ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute and remember that there will be delays.
- Take regular breaks and recharge. It’s easy to get lost in the numerous activities during your holiday, but remember that you need time to relax.
- Bring snacks with you to avoid feeling sick. Granola bars and dried fruit are healthier alternatives that will keep you full between meals.
- Be comfortable with clothing and footwear. Make sure that you have good blood circulation and don’t spend too much time standing or sitting, and stretch your body every so often.
- Avoid any activities that might put you or the baby in harms way. Instead of scuba diving, relax under the palm trees; don’t do anything that puts you at risk for falling.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to make the most of your holiday travel! For answers to additional questions on traveling while you’re pregnant, contact our female OBGYNs in Orlando at Contemporary Women’s Care at 407-478-6249