Top Twelve Pregnancy Pointers
Don't put off
for tomorrow what you absolutely must do today. Try
to have at least your first prenatal checkup before
you travel. Your doctor or midwife is the best person
to consult with regarding your upcoming journey.
You should check
your airlines' rules about pregnant passengers before
you book your ticket. Most airlines will allow you
to fly up to the 35th or 36th week of your pregnancy,
providing you're healthy and there is no previous
history of premature labour. However rules do vary
so it makes sense to re-check at the time of booking.
You could also be asked to supply a letter from your
doctor verifying the stage of your pregnancy. It's
a good idea to carry this document along with your
other important travel papers.
Check your travel
insurance policy carefully to make sure that you'll
be covered for all eventualities. Most policies don't
automatically cover pregnancy-related conditions or
nursery care for premature infants.
Most, but not
all, vaccines are considered safe during pregnancy.
Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you'll require special
advice. In Canada, an organization called Motherisk
will answer any questions you might have about appropriate
drugs and immunization. Call (416) 813-6780 or visit
their website at: http://www.motherisk.org.
In the United States, pregnant women traveling to
less developed countries should consult the The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at (404)
639-3311 or http://www.cdc.gov/travel
on the web for country-specific information.
avoid travelling in malarial zones. Even while taking
anti-malarial drugs, pregnant women are more liable
to catch the disease, and the illness tends to be
Dreaming of finally
climbing that mountain? Especially if you're in the
first trimester of your pregnancy, avoid high-altitude
destinations, where oxygen to the fetus could be decreased.
Dr. Jane Wilson Howarth in her book, Bugs, Bites and
Bowels, the safest time to travel seems to be during
the second three months of pregnancy. Providing your
pregnancy has been problem-free, the risk of miscarriage
will be small and there is little chance of early
labour or other complications.
When planning your holiday, avoid too hectic a pace.
It's very wise to build in extra rest stops while
you're on the road. Remember, your body is busy nurturing
a baby, and the extra effort of travel makes it work
It isn't always
easy to eat properly when travelling. Constipation
can become a problem, especially if you're taking
iron supplements. Try to eat plenty of high-fiber
foods, like fruits and vegetables.
Where the quality
of water supplies is less than perfect, the pregnant
traveller should avoid using iodine to purify her
water. Iodine could have an adverse effect on the
countries, pasteurized milk is often difficult to
find. You should take powdered milk with you if you
want to ensure that you get enough calcium. It can
be mixed into or sprinkled over most foods.
For coping with
morning sickness, ginger is an excellent remedy. Crystallized
forms can be found in the baking section of most supermarkets.
Otherwise, raw root ginger can be found just about
anywhere in the world, and can be grated into your
food in small amounts.