When you’re carrying a child, it’s an extremely exciting time for you. There’s nothing better than knowing that you will soon become a mother and be responsible for another being. However, if you happen to have a case of wanderlust, you may find that your plans suffer. The truth is that there are many worries you may have before you set off. Being pregnant means that you have to take extra care when it comes to getting around.
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If you’re about to become a mother, there are some things that you seriously need to keep in mind. Here are just five things that may trouble you and what to do about each of them.
1. What to eat
Exotic food may be a real problem right now. It doesn’t matter how much you want to sample the local cuisines, you need to be as careful as possible. Much of the time, you will find that there are plain alternatives to what you eat while you’re away.
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Before you choose a local restaurant, you really ought to check out its reviews and its hygiene rating. Carrying a child means that your stomach will be very sensitive. the slightest change in your diet could easily upset it! Take care and only eat what you know is safe.
2. Flying risks
Flying when you’re pregnant can be okay but only under certain circumstances. There are no health issues when it comes to flying. Despite what you may have heard, the air pressure will do no harm to your unborn child, and so you don’t need to worry about that.
After the 37-week mark, however, it’s not strictly advisable to take a flight. The reason is simple — you could go into labour. You may find that the airline ask for details of your pregnancy and even a letter from your midwife before you travel.
Depending on where you’re traveling, you may well need to have some vaccinations. It’s crucial that you speak to your family doctor before you travel so that you know just what you need. You ought to visit them at least six weeks before your vacation. That way, you should find that there is plenty of time to have the injections you need.
4. Car travel
If you suffered from morning sickness in an extreme way, you may well want to think twice before you agree to a road trip. The likelihood is that you will have terrible motion sickness during long journeys. That’s something you want to avoid!
Of course, sometimes, you have no choice but to travel by car. If that is the case, you should be sure to take regular breaks now and then. Also, fill up on high-energy snacks, such as fruit and nuts, and cut out the carbs. That ought to do the trick.
5. Health risks
Finally, let’s talk about the general health risks you may well come across. One of the major things that you may worry about is whether you can reach a doctor while you’re away. Talk to your doctor and explain the situation. Having a travel health insurance card will mean that you can get the help you need wherever, whenever. Phew!
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