May pregnancy not stop you from traveling!

Written by: Dr. Fermín Esteban Navarro
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2018
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

Do you plan to travel during pregnancy? Unless there is a specific medical problem, you can do it without problem; Just take into account some aspects:

 

  • pregnancy Travel by car. We recommend to rest periods of 15 to 20 minutes every 2 hours, getting out of the car to 'stretch your legs', since during pregnancy there is a greater risk of circulatory problems, such as episodes of thromboembolism. The patient should hydrate well and carry light food that provides carbohydrates that can prevent a drop of sugar. In addition, it is not advisable to carry long journeys by yourself or by driving (and always wear the seat belt). There are adapters for the belt that make wearing it may be more comfortable; In any case, the belt does not harm the fetus and the injuries that it could produce in the event of an accident, will always be less than the ones it avoids.
  • Travel by airplane. In the first place, it is necessary to know that it is not a problem; You can travel at any time - if the pregnancy is normal -. Sometimes, airlines can set a gestational age from which they do not let pregnant women fly (no one wants to attend a booth delivery), so you may be asked to bring a report from your gynecologist where they appear Your probable due date. On long flights it is convenient to get up and walk on the plane. It is also advisable to take 100-200 mg of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) before flight to avoid the famous 'tourist class syndrome'. You should also know that the security 'arcs' of entry to the terminals do not pose any risk to the fetus.
  • Travel by train. The train is considered a means of safe transportation and very suitable for a pregnant woman, since it allows her to get up and move easily; We could say that it would be the optimal means of transport.

 

In any case, it is always advisable to insure and carry health insurance covering any incidence related to gestation and / or childbirth, especially if you travel outside the European Economic Community.

 

In addition, it is not convenient to travel to countries whose health conditions are not adequate and / or endemic diseases.

 

Finally, remember that in case of traveling to hot destinations, special care must be taken with the sun, since during pregnancy the skin is much more sensitive and permanent spots may appear; Sunscreens with a protection index greater than 30.

 

In turn, the patient is much more susceptible to dehydration, so remember to drink fluids frequently.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Fermín Esteban Navarro

By Dr. Fermín Esteban Navarro
Obstetrics & Gynecology

He is an expert in prenatal diagnosis and gynecological endoscopy. In addition, this doctor continued his studies in the UK, where he specialized in minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and vaginal surgery. He has participated in several scientific conferences and has published numerous articles and papers.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection