Travel is possible during your third trimester of pregnancy if it poses no risks, but always consult your physician first for tailored advice.
Your fetus is developing quickly during this stage, as its lungs mature. They also gain muscle tone and have soft body hair known as lanugo that will shed around week 40.
Know the Rules
If you’re unsure whether traveling while pregnant is right for you, speak to your physician first. He/she can advise on safety precautions to take for a healthy pregnancy as well as your individual needs. When flying, remember that most airlines will not permit women past 36 weeks gestation (international flights usually prohibit this sooner) without prior permission from a physician’s note, though some airlines allow travel even late into the third trimester without restrictions from them.
Travel during the second trimester – between 14 and 27 weeks – should be ideal, as any morning sickness should have subsided and miscarriage risks have decreased; additionally, moving around and sitting for long periods remains relatively comfortable.
However, if you’re already in your third trimester when traveling, be aware that pelvic pressure will likely be higher and it may be more uncomfortable to move or sit for extended periods. Consider booking an aisle seat to give yourself opportunities to stretch and move more freely during flights; additionally avoid gassy foods and carbonated beverages before embarking as these could make you bloated and uncomfortable during flight time.
Check with Your Doctor
Your OB will provide specific travel advice, such as avoiding high altitudes. They may also recommend limiting certain foods like cabbage, beans and fatty fried foods to prevent acid reflux attacks. At this point you may begin feeling unsteady as your growing baby places strain on both feet, making balancing harder.
At this stage, your OB will want to monitor your progress closely. A glucose screening should take place by week 28 (or month 7) anemia test in month 8 and Group B Strep testing near your due date. Your OB may also perform an internal examination to measure how far cervix dilation and effacement has progressed.
As your digestive system slows, other discomforts, such as heartburn and lower back pain may arise. Many women experience nausea in the third trimester due to scents, stress or lack of restful sleep triggering it.
Pack Healthy Foods
Food safety during third trimester pregnancies is especially crucial, as food poisoning poses significant threats for pregnant women and their unborn children. Packing healthy snacks to your destination will help ensure you avoid eating anything less-than-safe while remaining full throughout your journey.
Ideal pregnancy nutrition includes whole grain foods with low sugary contents and an array of proteins and fats in every meal during travel, such as hard, pasteurized cheeses like Cheddar or cottage cheese, no sauce deli meats, whole grain or sourdough breads with spreads containing nuts butters, unsalted nuts, fruits such as bananas or apples slices, whole grain crackers/granola bars as well as nutritional beverage supplements designed specifically for pregnancy (such as Ensure or Boost).
Hydrate during your travels by sipping plenty of water – around one glass an hour while awake should do just fine – as this will keep your body hydrated and help avoid dehydration.
Check With Your Insurance
Traveling while pregnant doesn’t need to be impossible, but does require extra planning. As long as your health doesn’t put you at risk of preterm delivery, flying during all trimesters should generally be safe (though certain airlines may limit how far along in your second trimester you are).
At this stage, many women will notice that morning sickness has subsided and they no longer feel as exhausted. Unfortunately, however, increased pelvic pressure might make movement uncomfortable; therefore, you’ll want to take frequent bathroom breaks and drink lots of fluids during this stage.
Cruises may not be recommended during this period due to limited medical facilities on board and their ability to respond promptly in case of premature birth, particularly twin birth. If you do decide to sail during your third trimester, be sure that your insurance covers medical expenses if anything should go amiss – most standard policies do cover such expenses; otherwise you will require more specific policies if needed.