Safety tips for pregnant woman for a long distance road trip by car

Is definitely not the right time to be adventurous and go on long-distance road trips. But if you have crossed your first trimester and your blood tests and sonography reports say that you and your baby are in the pink of health, then taking a break and planning a vacation will not do you much harm. Most couples plan their ‘babymoon’ during the second trimester when the major organs of the baby have already formed and chances of a miscarriage are less. Here are eight things you should be doing during your second trimester.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should not take enough care of yourself. During pregnancy, you should be doubly careful if you are travelling. So, if you have planned a long distance road trip and are travelling by car, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Always use the seatbelt. Fasten it below the belly and sit straight keeping your back erect and shoulders pushed back, parallel to the ground. Even if it feels uncomfortable to wear the seatbelt remember during this time safety overrides all sorts of discomforts.
  • Sitting for too long can lead to stagnation of blood in the legs. So regularly take short breaks during your trip. Get up and walk a bit, stretch your arms and legs every once a while to keep the blood circulating.
  • During your breaks, massage your knees and ankles.
  • Use your travel bag or a pillow as a footrest.
  • While being seated, flex your fingers and toes, move your knees and ankles. These gentle exercises enhance blood circulation.
  • Keep breathing and try to breathe from your stomach. This will ensure that the fetus gets an adequate amount of oxygen even as you keep travelling.

Apart from this, when on a road trip, make sure you keep yourself hydrated and carry all your medications. Apart from your antenatal vitamins don’t forget to pack medications for cold and flu, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, acidity and indigestion, motion sickness. However, discuss with your doctor which pills are suitable for you at this point in time. Never buy over-the-counter drugs during pregnancy as it could lead to complications in the fetus. Here are 10 safety rules to follow while travelling with your toddler.

Make it a point to plan your trip only after discussing the implications with your doctor. If your doctor advises you not to go on a road trip then comply with this advice.