Travel During Pregnancy: 9 Expert Tips to Keep You Safe

Pregnancy and traveling, do they go together? We are going to find out today. Nowadays there are many pregnant women who find themselves having the need to travel despite the Covid -19 pandemic. Well today we are going to discuss many tips you as a mom or dad to be can take to ensure the safety of your little star. When I was pregnant with my little ones, I never even considered traveling. Everything was arranged for after the baby.

Did you know pregnant women can generally travel safely with a little preparation. But they should avoid some destinations, including those with Zika and malaria risk. Learn about steps you can take if you’re pregnant and planning an international trip, especially to a developing country. If you comply with these these tips, you increase your chances of staying safe, happy, and healthy for your baby.

1. Who is the best person to speak to about traveling and the Corona virus?

You should definitely speak to your health care practitioner. They would be the ideal person to talk to because they should know about your condition and have enough information about the Corona virus to advise you if it is safe for you. No one wants to risk going to a foreign land and have a baby without planning it.

Do you have any health conditions like gestational diabetes or high blood pressure that is out of control? There may be some pregnant women who may have urgent conditions that warrant medical transfer. Your health care team and insurance will work closely with you to ensure that you arrive to seek medical attention safely.

2.What countries should I avoid when considering travelling?

You definitely do not want to visit countries where the zika virus or malaria is dominant because the experience is that their symptoms are more intense. Malaria raises the risk for serious pregnancy problems, including premature birth, miscarriage, and stillbirth.

 If you must go to an area with malaria while you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about taking a drug to prevent malaria. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, so you should also wear effective insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

As you know the Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites and sex. Because Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause intense birth defects, pregnant women should not travel to any area with risk of Zika.

For women who must travel to these risky areas, I would advise you to as much as possible to take strict precautions to prevent mosquito bites and avoid sexual transmission. Condoms should be used during pregnancy, if have a sex partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika. Find out more at CDC’s Zika Travel Information page or CDC’s page about Zika and pregnancy. Make your safety your number one priority.

3.What about food and water safety?

Learn about steps you can take if you’re pregnant and planning an international trip, especially to a developing country. If you comply with these these tips, you increase your chances of staying safe, happy, and healthy for your baby.

There is a condition that is transmitted through food or drinking water called Travelers’ diarrhea . The dehydration caused by diarrhea can be more of a problem for pregnant women than for others. There are other bacteria and viruses spread by food or water can lead to more severe illnesses that can cause problems for a pregnant woman and her baby. Beware of eating uncooked meat and fish as these can be cooked infected .Therefore, if you are traveling in a developing country I recommend you carefully follow food and water safety procedures:

  • Choose food that is cooked and served very hot.
  • Avoid cold food or food that has been sitting at room temperature e.g. buffet
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or fish.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables only if you can peel them or wash them in clean water.
  • Eat only pasteurized dairy products.
  • Drink only liquids that are canned or bottled and sealed. Carbonated is safer because the bubbles indicate that it was sealed at the factory).
  • Remember do not drink anything with ice due to the possibility of infected water used to make it .

If travelers’ diarrhea, is contracted by you, drink lots of fluids until it leaves. Take all medications as prescribed by your health care provider. Continue to drink after each episode of diarrhea. Do not take products containing bismuth, such as Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate. These medicines can be dangerous for pregnancy. Check labels on packages to ensure that you are safe.

4. Why is it important to know my due date?

Mamas and dads to be this is a very important fact that you should know just incase you do get stuck in a country. You care providers can know how to manage you. I would recommend that you take along your health record just in case.

5.Would my health care provider need to vaccinate me?

Of course! Your health care provider may want to really check that all your vaccines are up to date, even if you reviewed them at an earlier prenatal visit. Let me warn you, you may even need more vaccines if you are going certain places. Pregnant women can now receive the Corona virus vaccine if they like.

6.What signs and symptoms I should be concerned about?

Being able to identify the signs of trouble can be life-saving

Here are some symptoms that could mean trouble for you Some symptoms could signal a health problem. Go to a hospital or call emergency medical services right away if you have any of the following:

  • Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include headache that will not go away, seeing spots or other changes in eyesight, swelling of the face or hands)
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Signs of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (see Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis)Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain or contractions
  • Rupture of the membranes – meaning your “water breaks”
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is not too tight. 
  • Wear a few layers of light clothing that can easily be added or removed. 
  • Eat regular meals to boost your energy. 
  • Drink lots of fluids. Take water with you. You may need to pee more often—don’t hold it too long.
  • Wear your seat belt at all times. The belt should sit low on your hip bones, below your belly. 
  • Plan to make frequent stops. Use these stops to move around and stretch your legs. 

7. How can I know if my cruise ship is safe?

Mamas and dads- to- be you know just how serious going on a cruise ship is! Getting stuck in the middle of the ocean is no game to play at anytime. Before you book a cruise, you can check whether your ship has passed a health and safety inspection conducted by CDC. The CDC performs periodic inspections of cruise ships to prevent widespread virus outbreaks. You can read these reports here: CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program website (see www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp).

8. Where do I go to see a doctor in the United States?

You can go to the American Medical Association (AMA) has a DoctorFinder tool at its website https://doctorfinder.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder.

9. Where do I go if I get sick outside the United States?

The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) has a worldwide directory of doctors who provide health care for travelers. You must be a member to view the directory of doctors, but membership is free. See www.iamat.org. For added protection after you reach your destination, you also can connect with an American embassy or consulate. This may help if you need to leave the country because of an emergency.

Trust God to keep you safe

As we go through life, we often encounter many stumbling blocks that could keep us stagnant. I want to encourage you to put your trust in God. Believe that He is with you and be patient with the process you are in right now.

Bottom line

Traveling for pregnant women can be exciting but dangerous. Pregnant moms and dads to be must the leaders in ensuring that them and their partner’s safety comes first. Safety is everything. Most of all the health of mom and baby increases at a higher risk of getting a bacterial or viral infection. I hope the information above was helpful to you. If you have to travel I hope you remain safe and if you did get sick during a travel, I hope you get well soon. Thank you for stopping by. You may like, comment, or ask a question. Additionally, you can check out our f social media pages at:

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