What should you consider when planning your babymoon vacation? For you not to forget anything, let’s divide your preparation for the trip into several stages.
Visit your doctor
Be sure to discuss your holiday plans with the doctor. If you have no any complications during pregnancy, most likely, he will recommend resting within 50-100km (31-62 miles) radius from the place you live in, since you should be able to periodically visit your doctor to get an advice and if necessary, to have an access to Emergency medical care.
What problems can make you avoid a long-distance trip?
– Disorders of placenta formation. If it’s low-lying (in the area of the internal pharynx of the cervix), even a small load increases the risk of bleeding. Ultrasound can help you to detect this trouble in advance.
– Gestosis. Expecting women experience swelling in legs, hands, and face as well as high level of protein in the urine and increased blood pressure.
What are the safest stages of pregnancy for traveling?
Many women believe that the first trimester is the safest time to travel, since the uterus is still small and the course of pregnancy will let you fully enjoy the usual rest. However, most often, pregnancy is interrupted at an early stage, that is, in the first trimester. Miscarriage can be accompanied by bleeding, which in many cases requires a doctor’s help.
You should always consider a possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. When you’re in another country or city where there aren’t enough medical facilities, there’s a risk of serious health consequences.
The 20th-24th weeks of pregnancy are considered to be the best time for you to travel. The risk of premature birth is increased at the 24th week of pregnancy.
Premature birth in a foreign country is usually a disaster for a woman. At best, both a woman and her child can stay in a hospital for a long time, which can be rather expensive.
The later stages of pregnancy the more dangerous it is to travel long distances, to other countries and to other continents.
Choosing a route
When planning the trip, remember that there are places contraindicated for expecting women. First of all, it goes about vacations in exotic countries. These countries are in a different climatic zone and the air temperature there is higher than 80,6 – 86 ° F. It’s better that you avoid a long and tedious trip and heat.
Choosing a transport
During the trip, you need to beware not of the danger from certain means of transport but of fatigue during the trip. Fatigue causes pain in the mom’s-to-be lower back, and a prolonged stress increases the risk of premature birth. Therefore, starting from the seventh month of pregnancy, it would be prudent if you avoid long trips in any means of transport.
1. An airplane is not quite good for moms-to-be. An atmospheric pressure is changed dramatically when a plane is taking off and landing. This can cause vasoconstriction and premature placental abruption, especially if there are some prerequisites (for example, it’s a low-lying one). Of course, if a long-distance journey (more than 1000km or 621 miles) is inevitable, then an airplane is the least tiring means of transport.
2. A train. Try to choose a place for еру holiday where you can go by train (in a soft compartment car) or by car.
3. A car. To avoid fatigue and low back pain while traveling by car, put a pillow under your back, drive small distances (up to 200-250 km or 124-155 miles) and stop for 20-30 minutes to move. Moreover, traveling by car can be dangerous because when jamming on the brakes you can hit your tummy against the dashboard. Therefore, the back seat is the safest place for you, and do not forget about the safety belt (seat belt by dividing it into two parts thus securing the belly from above and below).
4. A cruise ship during pregnancy may seem like a happy opportunity to relax. However, if you have never been on a cruise, pregnancy is not the best time to travel by this means of transport for the first time. Why? Expecting women are already bothered by nausea, and seasickness can greatly exacerbate it.
What can you do during your babymoon?
Anything, if only it makes you feel well and you don’t get tired. The only thing you should avoid is sunbathing. There are some reasons for this:
– being in the sun can cause bleeding;
– the load on the heart during pregnancy is increased and there’s a risk that a mom-to-be can quickly overheat;
– sun exposure makes varicose veins worse;
– if the pigmented spots associated with pregnancy appeared on a mom’s-to-be face, they can become bigger. In general, expecting women should spend as less time in the sun as possible. Prefer staying in the shade. And do not forget to take a bottle of water to the beach.
And what about swimming? It’s very useful for expecting women to swim, but you should do it in the morning and in the evening. Water relaxes and refreshes the body on a hot day. Moreover, swimming is an excellent exercise both for the respiratory and muscular system, which will help to prepare for your baby’s birth. Also, exercises in the water help to correct the baby’s wrong position in the uterus. So, enjoy swimming but do not arrange competitions and do not dive, do not get overcooled and take care when in the water.