Travel and Driving During Pregnancy

Travel during pregnancy can be fatiguing and frustrating, but if your pregnancy is normal, you should be able to travel during the first and second trimesters without too much trouble. Consult your physician if you plan to travel during your third trimester.
Take frequent breaks to stretch your legs during trips. Don’t overdo—rest when possible. Avoid places where good medical care is not available or where changes in climate, food or altitude could cause you problems.Driving is permitted, but always wear your seat belt!
Travel in the First and Second Trimesters :
Ask your doctor before you take a trip. Most will tell you it’s OK to travel during pregnancy, but each situation is different. Some general considerations about traveling during pregnancy include the following.
  1.  Don’t plan a trip during your last month of pregnancy.
  2.  If you’re having problems, such as bleeding or cramping, don’t travel.
  3.  If you are uncomfortable or have problems with swelling, traveling, sitting in a car or doing a lot of walking may make things worse (and it probably won’t be much fun either).
  4.  If your pregnancy is considered high risk, a trip during pregnancy is just not a good idea.
  5.  Remember you are pregnant when you plan a trip. Be sensible in your planning, and take it easy.

 Travel in the Third Trimester:

In the third trimester, labor could begin at any time, your water could break or other problems could occur. Your doctor knows what has happened during your pregnancy and has a record of tests done—this knowledge is important. If you check into a hospital in a strange place, they don’t know you and you don’t know them. Some doctors won’t accept you as a patient in this situation, and it can be awkward. It doesn’t make sense to take a chance.
No one can predict when your labor will begin. No one can guarantee you can go on a trip and not go into labor or have other problems. You can’t guarantee it even if you’re at home! Plan ahead, and discuss it with your doctor before you make plans or buy airplane tickets. The same goes for your partner’s travel plans. If you are within a month of your due date, your doctor can check you, but this only tells you where you are at that very moment. This is not a good time for either of you to travel.
Driving and Seat-Belt Use in Pregnancy :
There is no reason not to drive while you’re pregnant if your pregnancy is normal and you feel OK. Be sure to wear a seat belt throughout your pregnancy as well as at all other times.
Many women are confused about wearing seat belts and shoulder harnesses during pregnancy. They wonder if wearing the restraints over their abdomen could cause a problem. It is important to continue wearing your safety belt whenever you go out in a car. These safety restraints are necessary during pregnancy, just as they are necessary when you’re not pregnant. Seat-belt use is so important that the National Highway Safety Administration has designed a “pregnant” crash-test dummy. The dummy is used in simulated car crashes to record how an accident could affect a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.
There is no evidence use of safety restraints increases the chance of fetal or uterine injury. You have a better chance of survival in an accident wearing a seat belt than not wearing one.
Were Seat Belts Properly :
There is definitely a correct way to wear a seat belt. Place the lap-belt part of the restraint under your abdomen and across your upper thighs so it’s snug and comfortable. Adjust your sitting position so the belt crosses your shoulder without cutting into your neck. Position the shoulder harness between your breasts; don’t slip this belt off your shoulder.

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