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Saturday, May 24, 2008

10 Tips to Travelling by Air During Pregnancy

Even healthy pregnant women can find air travel a bit of a challenge. Remember, all the aches and discomforts you have on the ground, like leg cramps, indigestion, constipation, and heartburn, can accompany you on the plane as well. Here are some ways to make air travel less stressful and more comfortable.
1. Bring support hosiery to prevent swelling in your feet and legs, acetaminophen for minor pain, extra snacks, and water to drink during the flight.

2. Reserve an aisle seat to give yourself more room to stretch your legs and make it easier to get in and out of your seat.

3. To reduce the risk of blood clots, stroll up and down the aisle every hour and flex and extend your ankles to improve circulation. Of course, a full bladder may work as an unintended aid in getting you moving.

4. Drink plenty of liquids during the flight. Dehydration can slow down blood flow in the placenta and put you at greater risk for a blood clot.

5. To help prevent discomfort, avoid eating or drinking gas-producing foods before your flight, because trapped gases expand at higher altitudes.

6. If you suffer from nausea, ask your doctor to prescribe an antiemetic medication that's safe and will reduce the nausea or need to vomit.

7. If traveling abroad, check that your health insurance will cover you. Purchase a supplemental travel insurance policy if necessary.

8. If you'll require routine prenatal care at your destination, know what health care facilities are available before you go.

9. Travel with a companion if at all possible.

10. Finally, whether the airline requires it or not, it's a good idea to carry documentation with you that lists your due date.

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