When it comes to travelling, a lot of pregnant couples will always have these questions; Is it okay to fly when pregnant? And how safe is it to go on aeroplanes during the pandemic?
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The answer is yes, it is okay for pregnant women to hop on a plane during this difficult time. However, there are also several precautions to practice and safety concerns that should be taken into account depending on when you decide to book a trip and how high risk your pregnancy is. Here is some information that you need to know before your next journey.
BEFORE THE TRIP
Nausea remedies: For those with motion sickness issues, ask the doctor for a nausea remedy or acupressure bands that may reduce the sickness.
Gas and diarrhoea remedies: Ask for diarrhoea remedies as an early preparation. This is because the increase in altitude on flights can cause intestinal gas to expand which may expose you to bacteria that can lead to diarrhoea.
Medical care suggestions: Inquire recommendations and suggestions about names of doctors or hospitals at your destination, just in case.
Flu vaccine: Ask your healthcare provider whether if you will need a flu shot before you leave.
Decompression stockings: These are a pair of stockings that are designed to help with blood flow. Ask if you should wear them.
During The FlightOnce you are checked and ready to go, here are some of the things that you may want to take as precautions when you are inside the plane:
Stay hydrated: Try to drink as much water as you can during the flight to prevent dehydration which may lead to problems with your blood flow to the uterus.
Keep seat belts on: Make sure you keep your seat belt fastened at all times. The seat belt should be buckled right under your belly and low on the hipbones.
Pre-flight diet: Avoid gassy foods like beans, cabbage, broccoli and carbonated drinks that can make you feel uncomfortable in flight.
Take a walk: Taking a walk down the aisle every half hour or so during a calm flight can help keep your blood flowing smoothly. Meanwhile, when you’re on the seat, flex and extend your ankles to boost blood circulation.
Find the best seat: Try to book an aisle seat so that it will be easier for you to get in and out for walks and trips to the bathroom. Any seat is fine, but a seat over the wing will probably give you the smoothest journey.
Risks of Travelling During Pregnancy
#1 Blood clots
#2 Blood pressure and heart rate
#3 Body scansAccording to the Transportation Security Administration, the body scan technology used for security at airports is safe during pregnancy, but you are always free to request a hand or wand search instead.
Besides these risks, pregnant women who are experiencing complications are also strongly advised not to travel on air. These complications include:
- Cervical problems, such as “incompetent cervix” where the cervix opens too early during pregnancy, leading to miscarriages or premature birth
- Vaginal bleeding
- Multiple pregnancies
- Previous or present gestational diabetes
- Previous or present high blood pressure
- Previous or present pre-eclampsia (A toxic condition sometimes occurring in pregnancy)
- Previous or present abnormalities of the placenta
- Prior miscarriage
- Prior ectopic pregnancy (A pregnancy that develops outside the womb)
- Prior premature labour