01 February

Travel during pregnancy

One of my patients was in her 6th month of pregnancy and she had to travel to her hometown at that time. She was concerned about traveling during this time of her pregnancy and wanted my consent. Although it is fine to travel during pregnancy, it is always better to take some precautions while traveling.

It is usually considered safe to travel until 36 weeks also as long as there are no complications during your pregnancy like diabetes, high blood pressure, placenta previa, placental abruption, premature labor etc.


If you are traveling by Train - The rhythmic motion of the train and the passing landscape of the countryside as you look through the window can make train journey relaxing and comfortable one during pregnancy.  Make sure you take somebody’s help or use railings while you walk inside the train or use the restroom. It is also necessary to keep yourself hydrated and don’t travel for more than a couple of hours at a time. If you have to take an overnight train make sure you request for a lower birth at the time of reserving your seat. Do not try to climb up the middle or upper birth. If you have no choice, request your co-passenger and exchange for a lower birth.


If you are traveling by bus - Bus ride can be arduous, especially if the road is uneven. So, it is better to avoid long distance travel by bus after the 7th month of pregnancy and if you have any pregnancy complications. Bumpy roads and unruly traffic may sometimes make your ride dangerous. The ride can also make you tired and stressed out. If it during your first or last trimester, you may have an urge to use the restroom often and this can be another problem for you during long-distance travel. You may not be able to get up and move around in the bus as it may not be safe and this could cause cramping in your legs, sometimes pedal edema and can put you at a greater risk for varicose veins.


Don’t get in or get off from a moving bus. Try to get a seat in the middle. And don’t be shy to ask for help from your co-passengers or bus conductor if you need help in moving the luggage or help to get up and out of the bus.


Travelling by Car - Car ride is usually fine Some pregnant woman feel their nausea increases but that is totally individual experiences.Always wear your seatbelt.  Try to take pit-stops every few hours and relax and take a small walk and settle back again in the car.


If you are traveling by Air - Short hauls are usually not of concern and it should be safe to travel except if you are really in the last few weeks of pregnancy. But if you have to travel internationally, it is better to travel before 36 weeks. Most airlines have restrictions on travel after 36 weeks.

While you are traveling make sure you always buckle up and try to take quick walks in the aile every couple of hours, but make sure you take occasional walks up and down the aisle. If you must remain seated, flex and extend your ankles often. Drink plenty of fluids and keep yourself hydrated.


General Do’s and Don’t during travel

  • Do not take the risk of buying food, especially cold one, when you are traveling. You don’t want to get a stomach infection.
  • Take your own water bottle from home and try to refill and make sure it is filtered water.
  • Always consult your doctor before traveling long distances, especially in your last trimester.
  • Always stay hydrated
  • Don’t shy from asking for help when you need it form your co-passengers.
  • If possible pack home food for the travel.

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Last modified on Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:41
Dr Padma

Dr Padma is a Family care physician and is the Founder and CEO of MedHealthTV.


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