Obviously, you must avoid travelling when pregnant if you are almost due. However, there are several other instances in which traveling is not advisable for a plus-size mom-to-be.
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1. Destinations With Disease Outbreaks
Having a baby bump means that you need to be more cautious in everything you do. Such precaution includes checking whether you are likely to get infected with certain diseases at your travel destination. The place may actually have infectious diseases or the environmental conditions may cause you to get sick. Considering the fact that even an increase in body temperature due to a fever may be harmful to your baby, it would be wise to avoid places that can make you sick.
2. Destinations that Require Vaccination
This is actually a no-brainer, since getting a vaccine injection into your blood can easily affect your baby. If the destination you are planning to go to is not mandatory, you can simply opt for another destination. With business engagements or travel plans at work, you may have to postpone such trips until after delivery. Preserving the health of your unborn baby is definitely a much bigger priority than any business or job commitment.
3. Complications in Pregnancy
Various complications in pregnancy can worsen while travelling. These include:
(a) High Blood Pressure: Flying is likely to worsen cases of high blood pressure. Therefore, plus-size moms-to-be who suffer from high blood pressure should avoid travelling by plane.
(b) History of miscarriage or premature labor: With these two complications, it is likely that the jostling involved in travelling can pose a risk to miscarriages or premature labor. In such a case, a doctor should be consulted before making any travel plans.
4. Varicose Veins
Apart from swelling of the feet, some plus-size women experience varicose veins during pregnancy. This condition occurs due to the hormones related with pregnancy that cause pooling of blood in veins, particularly in the legs or genital area. Traveling in such a condition would make it worse, especially since you would be sitted in one position for long periods of time. It can also lead to potentially harmful blood clots.
Travelling when Pregnant – If You Really Must Travel…
There are some unexpected situations in which you may have no other choice but to travel. In such situations, you must first consult your doctor concerning long-distant travel plans. You would also have to check the policies in airlines concerning pregnant women (normally pregnant women can fly only until the 37th week).
There are some things you can also do during flight to reduce the health risks involved:
(i) Regularly move your legs while sitting. This will improve blood circulation within your legs which are prone to varicose veins. It will also prevent formation of blood clots. At certain intervals, you should also get up from your seat and walk around (along the aisle of a plane). Make sure to steady yourself using a firm support while doing this.
(ii) Put on special support stockings that help prevent blood clotting in the legs.
(iii) Stay with your seatbelt on throughout. This will reduce jostling caused by turbulence in air flight.
(iv) Elevate your feet. Doing this will help improve blood circulation within your legs.