Thursday, 11 April 2013
Tips For Air Travel During Pragnancy
-Air travel is probably the safest way to travel during pregnancy. These are 7 tips for comfort and safety of air travel during pregnancy. The best period to fly is during mid-pregnancy (14 to 28 weeks), as the risks of miscarriage and premature labor are the lowest.
-Although guidelines for the airlines may vary, generally, the pregnant mother will have to profit medically certified letter from her medical doctor to certify that she is in fine health and fit to fly. Keep an emergency contact sheet with her at all times complete with details of emergency contact persons, pregnancy due date, and any medical problems or allergies that she may be having.
-Try to pick the bulkhead seat in the plane, if possible, as it is more expansive and has more legroom. This is necessary for the comfort of the pregnant woman during the flight, as she would be prone to having swollen legs and ankles, as well as risk deep vein thrombosis, if proper precaution and care is not taken. If at all possible, attempt to select an aisle seat, as this would facilitate the frequent trips to the bathroom.
-During the flight, take off the shoes and stockings for comfort and to ease the blood circulation in the legs. Do some simple stretching exercises, flexing the legs and feet.
-Stroll along the aisle every hour or so, when it is permitted to do so. Make clear that the seat belt sign is off. This "getting up" exercise would help to relax and loosen stiff muscles and ease muscle tension and pain caused by stiff joints.
-Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juice to prevent dehydration caused by the low humidity in the cabin. The fruit juice would save up energy and provide the antioxidants needed to withhold the immune system strong. Avoid caffeine and any drinks which contains caffeine, such as Coke, tea and coffee.
-Buckle the in-flight safety belt under the belly and secure it on the hipbones. Do not buckle it across the belly, as in the event of a plane smash, it could cause the tearing of the placenta and place the unborn baby at risk.