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Travel During Pregnancy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Travel During Pregnancy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Summer means holidays… Of course, pregnant women have the right to holiday! But there are a lot of questions! Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Op. Dr. Contact Alper directly answers the questions most of the mothers are curious about.

: - Are the airbags safe?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly There is insufficient information on this subject either against or against. Studies are under way in which the American National Traffic Safety Association examines the effects of airbags on pregnant women. The Association recommends that pregnant women pull their seats as far away from the airbags as possible until certain results are achieved. Everyone, whether driver or passenger, must stay as far away as possible from the airbags deployed with great pressure in a very short time. Drivers should adjust the seat distance to the farthest distance they can easily reach the pedals.

Whether or not you have an airbag in your vehicle, you must always fasten your seat belt, whether you drive yourself or sit in the seat next to the driver.

: - Is it safe to travel in the last trimester of pregnancy?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly Many airlines do not want to carry women who are in the last stages of pregnancy for acceptable reasons. The most important reason for this is not the risks imposed on the mother or the baby, but the difficulties of an airborne birth. Every airline has its own rules.

There is no need to fear that your baby will be harmed when traveling on airplanes with cabin pressure. Air travel is safe during every trimester of pregnancy, including during the last trimester if there is no medical complication or increased risk, but there are some points to consider:

• Have the seat on the corridor side when determining the seat on which you will sit. In this way, you have a wider range of movement, making it easier to go to the toilet and gain enough space for foot and leg movements

• Air travel will cause the body to lose water, so you should take enough fluids.

• You should get your doctor's approval before the flight. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of preterm birth, or if you have multiple pregnancies, your doctor may not allow you to travel by plane during this period.

: - Is the cabin cabin pressure harmful to the baby?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly Many commercial airlines have to maintain cabin pressure on their aircraft at a certain level. This is a legal obligation. In the examinations, there was no evidence that the cabin pressure could harm the baby. In fact, the real problem is experienced when traveling with small aircraft without cabin pressure. When the cabin pressure is not provided, for example, when flying at a height of 10,000 feet, you are at the top of a high mountain. At this height, the oxygen pressure is very low and your body has to work harder to provide enough oxygen for you and your baby.

: - What should be done if there are contractions during the trip?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly Many pregnant women experience untimely contractions. In most of these contractions, the problem is dehydration. If you feel untimely and unregulated contractions during your journey, immediately stop your activity, go to a place where you can relax and take at least 2 glasses of liquid. Empty your bladder by urinating. Lie down on your left to relieve the pressure on the uterus. This will also help to relax your uterus by increasing the amount of blood and oxygen to your uterus.

If the frequency of contractions does not decrease, if it starts to become regular and occurs more than 4-6 in 1 hour, consult a health care facility without delay.

: - How should I dress when traveling during pregnancy?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly The main rule here is how good and comfortable you should dress yourself. However, you need to pay attention to some points. First of all, clothes such as one-piece trousers are not suitable when traveling during pregnancy. Instead, you should choose separate clothing from top and bottom or dresses with skirts. This minimizes the risk of being late if you need an emergency toilet.

It is also important to dress up several coats instead of single coats. It is common to experience sudden temperature changes while traveling. You may notice the advantage of wearing several coats when you get out of an air-conditioned and cold airfield into an extremely hot environment, or when you get off your air-conditioned car on a break at the summer day, or vice versa.

: - Will altitude changes increase morning sickness?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly Increases in altitude or air temperature can induce or aggravate nausea. Complaints usually subside within 3-5 days to adapt to the new environment. Especially in altitude changes, complaints can be more intense and adaptation time may take longer. As the altitude increases, the risk of dehydration increases, so be sure to take enough fluid. If headache, tension and nausea due to altitude cannot be relieved within 3-5 days, you may need to return to lower altitudes, or better, to your usual altitude.

: - Does pregnancy cause a vehicle to hold?
Kiss. Dr. Contact Alper directly There is no evidence to suggest any relationship between pregnancy and vehicle arrest. However, the absence of such a relationship does not mean that you can travel without problems during your pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting especially in early pregnancy may make your trip unpleasant.