Can I take long trips while pregnant? Here's how to deal with them

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Lapregnancy it is a special and unique moment in a woman's life, but what many women ask themselves is whether, during this period, it is possible to make long journeys, or if this can somehow harm their health or that of the child. It is therefore possible to travel during pregnancy?What precautions need to be taken? Much depends on the gestational period and the presence of risk factors. In general, we can say that most women can travel safely during pregnancy, obviously always on the advice of their doctor and taking some precautions.


  1. Which means to choose, car, bus, train, plane or ship?
  2. When can you travel?
  3. Long journeys by car and train
  4. Travel by ship
  5. Flying in pregnancy
  6. User questions and comments

Which means to choose, car, bus, train, plane or ship?

In principle, all can be fine (unless otherwise indicated by your doctor), but on long journeys it is always advisable to choose the fastest vehicle.

When can you travel?

In general, it is possible to do this for almost the entire gestational period, but it must be taken into account that, during the first trimester, the typical ailments of this period (such as nausea or fatigue) while traveling could intensify. In the third quarter, on the other hand, it could be the bulky belly that annoys when facing a trip. The second quarter, basically when you feel better, it could be the best time to travel.

Long journeys by car and train

L'cars in general, not too long trips are recommended, we could say no more than 5-6 hours, a longer trip would be decidedly too heavy, even in normal conditions. There are no particular risk factors in traveling by car, both as a driver and as a passenger.
Il traininstead, it is probably one of the most comfortable means for a pregnant woman, especially for medium-range travel. Unlike the car, where one is forced to remain stationary in a very confined space, on the train, in addition to the advantage of having more space, it also has the possibility of being able to move freely inside the wagons.

Useful Tips:

  • Always undergo a clinical check-up before departure.
  • Eat little and often: Carry fruit or snacks to prevent nausea.
  • On the train, getting up to walk, almost every hour: it helps to avoid swelling of the lower limbs and to restore circulation.
  • In the car it is important to remember to always fasten your seat belt, even in recent months. The horizontal belt should be positioned below the abdomen, so that it does not force; the transverse belt, on the other hand, should be positioned between the two breasts and around the shoulder, adjusting the seat so that it does not rub on the neck.
  • Always try to plan stops during car journeys, so that you can move around to facilitate circulation

Travel by ship

La nave offers the same benefits as the train, and can be a type of comfortable and relaxing journey for the pregnant woman. The only real risk is that of possible nausea due to rough seas. A doctor on board is always present on public shipping lines. As for cruise ships, you have to pay attention to their regulations and limitations imposed by the companies navigation:
For Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, in fact, cruising is not permitted beyond the 24th week of pregnancy (on the date of landing). Upon booking, a medical certificate attesting to the woman's good health must be produced, with the presumed date of birth. Access on board could also be prevented in the event of conditions that could be dangerous for the health of the woman and the baby in the womb.

Useful tips:

  • Like on a train, always remember to get up to take a walk at least every hour to promote circulation
  • Inform you of the presence of doctors on board, taking into account the fact that in most cases they are general practitioners and that you will not have adequate medical facilities available.
  • The advice is to always consult your doctor before departure, to check your health and verify the feasibility of the trip.

Flying in pregnancy

I travel by plane, especially during the second semester, they are not difficult for pregnant women, who can travel safely.
For most airlines the flight is allowed freely until the 36th week of gestation (in some cases up to the 28th week, always inquire with the airline); from the 36th week onwards it is necessary to bring a certificate of fitness to fly (in any case, it is always better to bring a certificate with the estimated date of delivery).
For high-risk or twin pregnancies, the certificate of fitness to fly must always be presented. During the flight, especially in cases where the journey lasts more than 4 hours, the higher risk is that of DVT syndrome (deep vein thrombosis), due to the many hours spent sitting, and which can affect more easily during pregnancy.

Useful Tips:

  • Move for at least 15 minutes every hour, walking and straightening your legs, to promote circulation.
  • Wear graduated compression socks (which help the circulation of the lower limbs) and comfortable shoes (possibly taking them off during the flight).
  • If possible, be assigned a seat near the aisle so that you can move freely and easily go to the bathroom.
  • Drink frequently, especially water, to avoid stagnation of liquids.
  • Avoid carbonated and alcoholic drinks.
  • Air travel may not be advisable when delivery is expected within 7 days of travel.

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