Knowing When Not to Travel When Pregnant

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While travelling during your pregnancy is usually safe for mums with uncomplicated pregnancies, certain symptoms and problems may force you to put your travel plans on hold.

WORDS RACHEL LIM

When consulting pregnancy forums on whether you should make travel plans while you are pregnant, you might get confused by comments from fellow women in paranoia needing solutions and reassurance.

It is best to learn about high-risk pregnancies and spot the signs
that indicate you should not travel in order to play it safe.

When Not to Make Any Travel Plans
Your healthcare provider may advise you to not make any travel plans if your pregnancy falls into any of the following high-risk categories:

  • A Multiple Pregnancy such as carrying Twins or Triplets    
  • Placenta Abnormalities such as Placenta Previa    
  • Diabetes and/or High Blood     
  • Pressure    
  • History of Preterm Labour (before 37 weeks of gestation)    
  • History of Blood Clots

 

3 Signs You Should Put Your Travel Plans On Hold
If your pregnancy has been an uncomplicated one but you are experiencing any of the following symptoms suddenly, put your travel plans on hold and see your healthcare provider immediately:

1. Bleeding and/or abdominal pain

  • Often associated with abnormal pregnancies such as ectopic, chemical or molar pregnancies. For the case of an ectopic pregnancy, it can be life-threatening to the mother if left untreated.    
  • It could also be indicative of a miscarriage which is the spontaneous loss of pregnancy in the first 20 weeks.    
  • It is also a sign of preterm labour whereby labour starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding may be accompanied by contractions, diarrhoea, pelvic pressure and/or back pain. The earlier premature birth happens, the greater the health risks to     the baby.
  • Headaches, vision changes, and/or swelling in extremities
  • These are all signs of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects about 5 per cent of pregnant women. It causes blood vessels to constrict resulting in a reduced blood flow that can affect organs in your body such as the liver, kidneys and brain.
  • When less blood flows to the uterus, it can result in problems such as poor growth, too little amniotic fluid and placental abruption where the placenta separates from the uterine wall before delivery. Baby may also suffer from the effects of prematurity if you need to deliver early to safeguard your health.
  • Decrease in foetal movements
  • Foetal movements are a key indicator of their well-being. A decrease in foetal movements could be a warning sign that baby is in distress and requires medical attention immediately. Medical studies have revealed that reduced foetal movement was a contributory factor in stillbirth.

It is wise to play it extra safe when it comes to travelling during pregnancy. Always discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider and only go ahead with his blessing. Postpone any travel plans even if it is only for peace of mind.

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