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    Travel & Holidays

    Stop worrying now! Start enjoying your early pregnancy travel plans with these helpful travel tips  

    Written on 14 August 2018

    Travel during the 1st trimester of your pregnancy is considered safe although some pregnant women prefer not to travel and put too much stress on their bodies in the first trimester because of various factors like nausea and constant exhaustion during the early stages of their pregnancy.

    While it's true that travel during the 1st trimester causes increased discomfort to pregnant women, especially compared to travel during the 2nd trimester, apart from nausea, fatigue, and a general feeling of uneasiness, even then travel during this time shouldn't be much of a hassle.

    Many consider that travel during early pregnancy can lead to an increased risk of a miscarriage, studies have shown that there is no conclusive evidence linking travel during the first-trimester and miscarriage. The American Council on Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ACOG) doesn't recommend that women limit their travel during the first month of pregnancy as it doesn't increase or decrease your risk of a miscarriage. Again, as each woman is different, we recommend that you check in with your doctor before any travel and take all personal precautions that he/she might suggest.

    There are a number of precautions that you can take before travel to ensure that you travel risk free, stress-free, and maximize your comfort:

    • If you’re traveling by plane, you should go for an aisle seat, which will allow easy access to the washroom in case of nausea or vomiting, allows you to walk around, and stretch your legs which will prevent feelings of suffocation and blood clots in your legs.

    • If traveling by car, be sure to travel with a co-passenger who can drive as well to prevent fatigue during the travel, also frequent car stops are important to get out of the car and get some gentle exercise like walking to promote blood flow in your body.

    • Always wear a seatbelt, regardless if you’re in a car or a plane, to lower the risk of trauma during turbulence.

    • Eat lightly and don’t consume before or during your travel as this prevents the build-up of gas and acidity.

    • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration as it causes nausea and headaches.

    • If you are experiencing particularly strong pregnancy-related headaches and nausea, discuss an anti-nausea medication and natural alternatives like ginger with your doctor.

    It is recommended that you get an all-clear from your medical practitioner before any travel during any stage of your pregnancy.

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