Care for pregnant travel

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Pregnancy is not a disease and it is possible, taking certain precautions, to continue living normally during the months of gestation. If you booked a trip and are now pregnant, do not cancel the tour. Take care and enjoy.

Choose the best time

In theory, if your pregnancy is developing without scares, you can travel at any time. However, in practice, the second quarter pregnancy is undoubtedly the most appropriate time. This is because the complications of the first three months, especially in first-time mothers, are gone and their tummy still does not limit movement.

Regardless of the time chosen, discuss your intention with your doctor. Take any medications you may need to take and ensure that you will be able to seek medical assistance during your trip.

Also, try to find out about the policy of the chosen airline about pregnant passengers. In some cases, the company requires the presentation of a medical clearance. In case of pain or discomfort during the trip, slow down your schedule. Pregnancy and baby health come first.

Choose a good destination

The most important thing is to choose a location that do not present great risks for you and your pregnancy. Ensure that minimum hygiene conditions are ensured at the vacation spot and pay attention to what you eat and drink.

Take into account that certain destinations require vaccines that, in some cases, may be prohibited for pregnant women. Because of this, also avoid countries with high rates of malaria and disease transmission by insects. In any situation, seek a doctor also to observe the risks of traveling to certain places.

If you go to the beach, use sunscreen without moderation since pregnancy favors the appearance of spots on the skin, exacerbated by exposure to the sun. In summary, give preference to quiet places where you can alternate moments of activity with rest.

Choose the best transport

All means of transport can be used during pregnancy if certain preventive measures are observed. In cars, keep the buckled seat belt, adjusting the lower part just below the belly. Stop and get out of the car every two hours to stretch your legs and assist with circulation and drink lots of water. Do the same on buses, jumping at stops and getting up quickly during the trip. On the plane, observe the airline’s recommendations. On cruises, prefer larger ships, as the risks of seasickness are reduced.

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