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9. If You Are Going to Fly

Avoid long flights, especially nonstop overseas or cross-country flights. It’s difficult to make long journeys without being able to move around much.

When flying, preorder special meals if your flight includes food. Choose low-sodium or vegetarian if you want to avoid foods that might cause you problems.

Today many flights do not serve any food, so bring your own. Choose foods that travel well, such as cheese and crackers, fruit, a prepackaged salad or a sandwich made at home.

If you experience nausea when traveling, carry crackers or another bland snack food to nibble on. Prop up your feet when you sit for any length of time.

Bring your own empty water bottle through security, and fill it up before you board the plane. This allows you to have water or other fluid available whenever you need it.

Get up and move when you can during a flight. Try to walk at least 10 minutes every hour. Sometimes just standing up helps your circulation. Ask for an aisle seat close to the bathroom.

Observe seat-belt signs, and stay seated during most of the flight, especially during turbulence. Your balance may not be as good while you’re pregnant.

If you’re 36 weeks pregnant (or more), bring a letter from your healthcare provider saying it’s OK for you to fly. Be advised: Even with a letter, a captain has the authority to keep you off the plane, but it doesn’t happen very often.

Time-Saving, Energy-Saving Tip

Planning to fly during pregnancy? Find out about gate checking your bags and other equipment. If you have your child’s stroller or bulky carry-on luggage, you may be able to check it in at the boarding gate before you get on the plane. The airline will place it in the cargo hold last and take it off first at your destination. It will be waiting for you at the gate when you get off the plane or transferred to baggage claim for you!

10. Ways to Travel

Flying should not present a problem. Consult someone at the airline about your condition before buying tickets. An airline can refuse to carry a pregnant passenger without the written consent of her healthcare provider. Many airlines allow preboarding for passengers who need extra time. Take advantage of the offer. Drink plenty of fluids, such as water and juice, because recirculated air in a plane can be extremely dry.

If you haven’t considered train travel recently, now might be the time to do so. Trains have wide aisles and roomy seats, and the ride is smooth. Moving around may also be easier.

Bus trips and sailing on ships may not be good choices. On a bus, leg room is limited and the ride is jarring, which could make you uncomfortable. If you’re unused to it, the rolling motion of a ship or boat can be unsettling. Sea-sickness could add to pregnancy discomforts you may already be experiencing. If you do sail, most healthcare providers believe Dramamine is safe against seasickness, but do not use a seasickness patch. Talk with your healthcare provider about other methods to deal with the problem.

Car travel may be comfortable or uncomfortable, depending on how far along you are. Limit car travel to no more than 5 hours a day (sitting longer slows circulation). Stop at regular intervals to take short walks and use the bathroom. When sitting in a car, tuck a pillow into the small of your back. Do ankle circles while riding to increase circulation in your feet and legs. Always wear your seat belt and shoulder harness .

11. Inconveniences and Risks to Consider

If you travel, your discomfort level is likely to increase, especially if you’re cooped up in a car or plane for hours. You may have trouble sleeping in a strange bed. If you develop a complication while you’re away from home, those who have been involved in your pregnancy and know your history will not be available to care for you.

It’s best to avoid travel during the last month of pregnancy. Labor could begin at any time, your water could break or other problems could occur. Your healthcare provider knows what has happened during your pregnancy and has a record of tests you’ve undergone—important information. If you check into a hospital to deliver in a strange city, some healthcare providers won’t accept you as a patient because they don’t know your medical history. It doesn’t make sense to take any chances.

Many women want to know if their healthcare provider can tell when they will go into labor so they can travel. Unfortunately, no one can predict when your labor will begin. Always discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider before you finalize them.

12. Pregnancy in the Military

Are you pregnant and currently on active duty in the military? If you are, you have made the decision to stay in the Armed Forces. Before 1972, if you were on active duty and became pregnant, you were automatically separated from the military, whether you wanted to be or not!

Today, if you want to stay in the service, you can. Each branch of the service has particular policies regarding pregnancy. Below is a summary of those policies for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

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