If you follow a few simple rules and your own common sense, there is no reason to avoid traveling in the third trimester of pregnancy. However, that said, it depends much on the form of transport you intend to you for your travel. Here is a brief overview of the main forms of travel and the precautions we advise you to take in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Traveling by road in the third trimester
If you plan to travel using a car, coach, or train, using any of these forms of transport requires very little change to your routine or schedule. Should you be planning a lengthier journey time, here are a few points to keep in mind to help make traveling in the third trimester of pregnancy just that little more comfortable.
While traveling, it is advisable to take a break and move around at least every 90 minutes, aiding the blood flow and avoiding cramping. When traveling by road as the driver or passenger, be sure you place the lap part of the seat belt low, so it sits beneath your abdomen and does not feel tight across your stomach.
Ensure that you sit as far back from the dashboard as you possibly can. The last thing you want to prepare for any accident is for the airbag to deploy and push against your stomach. If you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor, seek medical advice immediately.
When you’re traveling on a coach, bus, or train, be very careful if you have to move down the aisles while the vehicle is moving. If possible, wait until the car has stopped moving before you stand up and start to move.
Traveling by water in the third trimester
Traveling by boat or cruise ship in the third trimester of pregnancy is not advisable. In many cases, cruise ships restrict third-trimester pregnancy travelers to very short distances. If you’re planning to travel by boat or cruise ship in the third trimester of pregnancy, you are advised to contact your cruise operator. Most ships carrying more than 100 people have a medical cover on board, but this is not equipped for onboard births.
Traveling by air in the third trimester
If you’re planning to travel by airplane in the third trimester of pregnancy, then the general rule is, if possible, to avoid flying this late into your pregnancy. If you find you have to travel by plane, most airlines will only allow you to fly if you are less than 32 weeks for International flights and up to 36 weeks for shorter, domestic flights. You may also find that you have to provide a doctor’s note to state your due date if you are visibly pregnant.
If possible, it is much wiser and far safer to do any traveling during the second trimester. During this period, you are far more comfortable and at ease than traveling in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Tips for Traveling During Pregnancy
Whether you’re traveling by car, train, plane, or cruise during pregnancy, be sure to follow the tips given below for a safe and comfortable journey:
- Eat well before and during the trip.
- Stay well-hydrated. Avoid getting fully dehydrated.
- Wear travel-friendly maternity wear and slip-on footwear.
- Walk around every two hours to avoid discomfort.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Always check your travel plans with your health care provider.
- Place a cushion or lumbar pillow under your back to avoid strain.
- Avoid travel to remote places.
- Book an aisle or window seat.
Most of all, don’t forget to have fun traveling during pregnancy.