Planning a big trip, but becoming more pregnant by the minute? No problem! It’s totally safe, unless your doctor states otherwise, to fly in the first 34 or so weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy will put you at a higher risk for blood clots and __ but there are things you can do to reduce the risk, so don’t worry! If it is possible, time your travel dates during second trimester when risk of miscarriage is low, nausea has subsided, and you’re not too big and uncomfortable yet. Either way, if you are having a good pregnancy traveling is possible in any trimester. I recently took a long trip from Miami to Hawaii and survived by following a few simple rules.
- Pick an aisle seat. You will have more space and it will be easier to get up every few hours to walk. Walking every few hours will help to promote circulation in your legs. You will probably need to get out of your seat to use the bathroom every few hours anyway!
- Do small foot and leg exercises. If you can’t get up and walk, stretch your legs while sitting. Try flexing and extending your foot and also bringing your knee up toward your abdomen and back down.
- Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water. The flight attendants usually only come around once (sometimes twice) even on long flights to provide water and other beverages. Be smart and buy a large bottle of water before entering the plane. If you run out, ask for more. Don’t allow yourself to become dehydrated.
- Wear compression socks or stockings. This will help with circulation and to prevent blood clots. There are many different kinds and you can find them pretty much anywhere. Here is a link to a pair that I like:
If you are traveling by car, the same rules apply. Take bathroom breaks often. Get out of the car and walk around and stretch. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids , and wear your compression socks! Bon Voyage!