Copyright ⓒ 2014 John Sangwon Lee, MD., FAAP
Traveling during pregnancy 임신 중 여행
- If you need to travel long or short distances during pregnancy, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before you travel to see if it’s okay to travel.
- You should also find out about the medications you need while traveling and at your destination. Find out if you have been vaccinated properly to avoid getting a particularly prevalent infectious disease in your destination. Altitude areas may have low levels of oxygen, so travel to altitude destinations during pregnancy should be avoided. When you need to travel during pregnancy,
- you can decide to travel according to the individual circumstances of the pregnant woman or various conditions related to pregnancy. However, it is better to go on a trip around the 18th to 24th week of pregnancy, when the likelihood of a miscarriage or delivery of a premature baby is the least.
- When traveling during pregnancy, in particular, the expected date of delivery, whether to travel by plane or by car, the distance to and from, the medical facilities and benefits at the destination, the overall health of the pregnant woman, the number of months of pregnancy, the presence or absence of a pregnancy complication, etc.
- You should only travel when you consider that you can travel safely. Here are some things to watch out for during your trip or destinations during pregnancy. While traveling long distances by plane, train, bus, or car, you should not sit in one seat for a long time, but stand up, walk, and rest freely.
- When traveling by car during pregnancy, the seat belt is fastened to the bottom of the pregnant woman’s abdomen, and the belt is fastened as usual.
- Particularly when traveling long distances in a car, it can cause leg cramps and cause physical and mental discomfort.
- It stops every hour or two to get the air, stretch, stand, and walk to relieve tension, both physically and mentally.
- When traveling by plane during pregnancy, it is a good idea to check with the airline company before leaving to see if the pregnant woman can travel by plane.
- In general, there are no restrictions on traveling by plane until the 36th week of pregnancy.
- However, some airline companies ask for a letter from a doctor stating that it is okay to travel by air.
- Do not sit in a single seat for a long time on the plane, walk up, walk, and do blood exercises to prevent venous blood clots or varicose veins from occurring in the legs and improve blood circulation.
- Bring enough drinks and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration on board. If necessary, find a seat that is good to go to the bathroom and sit down. It is best to do not travel as much as possible when you are near the delivery date, prepare for delivery at home, and then deliver at the hospital that has been set up when labor begins.
- The doctor who has been in charge of regular pregnancy check-ups before delivery has been more aware of the progression of pregnancy and health information related to pregnancy than any other doctor, so it is ideal for the doctor to take care of the delivery when delivery begins.
- If possible, pregnant women will be comfortable too. If you have to go on a trip in the mountains and inevitably if labor begins at the destination before you go on the trip, if there is a doctor who can help you with your postpartum health care, what kind of delivery problems occur during delivery, or when there are any problems with your baby.
- It is ideal to find out if there is a doctor who can help them, and if there are adequate hospital facilities that can provide health care for newborn babies after delivery and postpartum recovery, and an obstetrician who is at the destination is introduced and then goes on a trip.
- And before you go on a trip, it’s good to bring the necessary pregnancy history journal (姙娠經過日誌). Be careful with the food or drink you eat while traveling or at your destination. This is especially the case when traveling to untapped countries. Do not eat raw food or drink uncooked freshwater.
- Fruits should be eaten after peeling and checking what food ingredients are contained in the food to be eaten. Beverages sold in bottles are generally safe, but beverages sold in punctured or destroyed bottles can also be harmful. Drinks with ice should be avoided as much as possible.
- Pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid getting tourist diarrhea, which is common when traveling abroad.
- Dehydration due to traveler’s diarrhea can lead to weakness and thirst, which is also very harmful to the baby in the stomach. If you have diarrhea or fever for any reason, you should see your doctor right away.
- Before you go on a trip, it is good to bring the necessary drinks and food with you, and you should also bring enough medicines prescribed by your doctor to cure any disease.
- Other medications that can be used as needed are taken after consulting with a doctor. Malaria during pregnancy is very dangerous to the pregnant woman as well as the fetus. There are medicines to treat malaria and some to prevent malaria, but it is best not to travel to malaria epidemic destinations, as such medications can be harmful to the unborn child.
- There is an infectious disease in the tropics and infected by insects. When traveling to a destination, wear long-sleeved upper garments and long pants to avoid insect bites and prevent insect bites or exposure with DEET. Copyright ⓒ 2014 John Sangwon Lee, MD., FAAP
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