The holidays can be a time of great anticipation, excitement and also stress. Pregnant women will also experience these same things during the holiday season too and perhaps to a higher degree because they tend to be emotional due to all those lovely pregnancy hormones. Traveling during the holidays can also increase the feelings of anticipation and excitement as well as give a person added stress so women who find themselves in the need to travel while pregnant especially during the holiday season should heed tips on how to lessen any negative aspects of traveling while pregnant.
The first thing any pregnant woman should do as soon as she knows she will be traveling during pregnancy is to inform her healthcare provide that she has plans to travel so she can be informed of any special needs she may have while traveling and to be assured that it will be safe for her to travel while pregnant. A pregnant woman will also want to consult with her medical team regarding any tests that may be coming up to be sure there won’t be any scheduling conflicts with her travel plans. Some high risk pregnancies have travel restrictions so be sure to inform your doctor well in advance of your departure date.
Pregnant women should gather all medical records and pregnancy health information and have a copy of these records with her just in case she needs medical care while traveling. These records should include the pregnancy statistics, info about due date, risk factors associated with the pregnancy, medical and surgical history, and recent flow chart of vital signs taken at the prenatal visits. A referral may be made to an area prenatal healthcare provider if your travel will be for an extended period.
It is a good idea to be sure that you have filled prescriptions for all medications and prenatal vitamins needed while traveling. Also take along any over-the-counter medications you have been approved to take because you cannot be sure that these things will be available in the areas you will be traveling to and you want to be as comfortable as possible and prepared for any medical need.
It is a good idea to ask your insurance agent about your medical coverage while traveling especially if you will be visiting foreign countries. It may be necessary to purchase additional insurance coverage before you go. Ask specifically about travel insurance and be sure that this insurance covers pregnancy complications and emergency medical transportation at your travel destinations. Make sure your automobile insurance has road side assistance even if you are just traveling to and from the airport or if you will be using a rental.
If you will be in your third trimester and intend to fly you should check with your airline carrier policy to be sure they accept passengers in the third trimester of pregnancy. Some airlines require a note from the healthcare provider if the individual is in the last week or last month of pregnancy.
As long as you clear your travel plans with your healthcare provider, make insurance preparations and pack medical information and prescriptions you should have safe travels while pregnant.
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