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Monday, October 20, 2008

Travel Tips: Travel While Pregnant

Flying While Pregnant
- If you plan to take a plane trip while pregnant, discuss it with your doctor first. Barring any problems or complications, your doctor will probably let you go - except in the very early stages (when miscarriages are more likely to occur) or in the later stages (when you may be more likely to go into labor). Most airlines have regulations regarding how late into a pregnancy you may travel. Check before you fly to avoid disappointment.
It is probably not a good idea to travel anywhere that requires prior immunization. Avoiding the introduction or ingestion of foreign substances during pregnancy (including alcohol and nicotine) is the safest route to a healthy baby.

Try to book a seat with comfort in mind:
  • A seat near the bathroom will facilitate more frequent bladder emptying.
  • An aisle seat will make it easier to get up for quick walks (and trips to the washroom)
  • Bulkhead seats have the most legroom.
  • First class seats will be most comfortable - if you can afford the expenditure.
Medical Certification is Important
- Don't forget to get a medical certificate from your doctor before travelling, confirming that it is ok for you to travel at this stage.

Take a Friend Along
- If possible, do not travel alone during your pregnancy. Always keep your emergency contact number, and doctor's contact details handy so that if needed someone can find the details easily in your luggage and contact the right person at the right time.


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