When it comes to pregnancy travel-An advance extra planning, Doctor’s green signal and few precautions are essential. Well, you can’t even think of taking risk so you need to be cautious about all these. Of course, there are some pregnancy and travel related concerns. So, this article will provide 11 Tips for traveling by train during Pregnancy and will help to make your trip the safest and most comfortable it can be.
How safe is Traveling by Train during Pregnancy?
I and many other women feel better Traveling by Train during Pregnancy rather than bus/car or flight. If the pregnancy is going normal and you are taking the right care, then the train is quite a safe way to travel. But if you are facing any issues like high blood pressure, diabetes or a previous premature birth, etc. then you should first consult with your doctor and then travel (if he suggests).
Advantages of Train Travel over Road Travel During Pregnancy:
- If your travel is long and you are being tired of sitting too long, you always have the option of lying down.
- You can walk after every one or two hour, stretch your legs, wiggle your toes and rotate your ankles time to time
- In train Travel, the chances of undergoing muscle cramps get reduced as it gives you adequate space to walk a while.
Traveling in First Trimester of Pregnancy:
In first trimester, you need to be very careful while traveling as the risk of miscarriage is highest in it. It is that time when you experience many health issues as your body is adapting to a new beautiful change. Long trips should be avoided as Nausea, vomiting and fatigue are more pronounced in this trimester. This can cause inconvenience to you and the developing fetus.
Well, talking about my traveling pregnancy experience-I train traveled thrice during my pregnancy and in each of the trimesters. In the first trimester, it was for my sister’s engagement which was not an option to miss. I was having all first trimester issues like nausea, lower stomach-ache, and frequent breast soreness. However, it went comfortably with a few precautions. And yes, consultation with your doctor is must!
Next, I traveled for my sister’s wedding during the second trimester and finally, I went to my hometown for my delivery during my third trimester.
Traveling in Second Trimester of Pregnancy:
It is the ideal time to travel during pregnancy (unless accompanied by any serious complication) as morning sickness and nausea gets concluded for many. Also, chances of having a miscarriage are considerably lower in this. So, if you want to have a good break, consult your doctor and go ahead!
My experience was best when I traveled in the second trimester because by that time my nausea was settled and I was also adapted to changes that happen during pregnancy.
Traveling in Third Trimester of Pregnancy:
Extra care should be taken if your travel is in the third trimester. You should carry things that may be needed in case of emergency delivery. It is only a precautionary step but you never know when you may face the need to those things.
When I was finally heading to my mother’s place for my delivery, I was very apprehensive and fearful. However, with reading many articles on traveling during pregnancy and with taking help from my mother, I managed to travel safely and comfortably then also.
There is nothing wrong with pregnancy travel by train unless the safety of the mother and the baby is well safeguarded.
When it is not safe to Travel during Pregnancy:
In the following cases, it is dangerous to travel as it involves a lot of risk:
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Multiple Pregnancies
- High Blood Pressure
- History of miscarriage
- Previous Premature Birth
- Pregnancy developing outside the uterus
- Incompetent cervix
- Elderly pregnancy (being pregnant above 35 years)
- Placental Problems
No matter what ever mode of traveling you choose, pregnancy travel always has a risk to it..
So, here are precautionary 11 tips for traveling by train during Pregnancy:
- If possible, take a companion when you travel and it is must when you are planning a travel during the third Preferably companion should be a lady who already has experienced pregnancy.
- Reconfirm the train departure time before you leave home. Also, take extra margin of time in hand so that you don’t need to rush for boarding the train. If the train is delayed and you come to know it after reaching the station, find a place to sit and preferably close to the toilet.
- It’s best not to cross over bogies, coaches or compartments, particularly when the train is on the move. You may get jerks.
- Carry some common medicines with you like cold, fever, headache with asking your doctor. Also, carry a copy of your medical information and keep your doctor’s number handy.
- If it is a short sitting travel then take the seat that is facing the direction of travel, that makes you feel more comfortable. For long travel, take lower birth. The Indian Railways provides a quota of 2 lower berths in AC3, AC2 and sleeper coaches for pregnant women. You can avail this by submitting a certificate of pregnancy by a licensed doctor.
- In train, you can walk around so try to get up in every few hour and take a slow walk. The train is also the best as you get comfortable washrooms compared to other modes of travel.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes. AC sleeper coaches provide bedding’s but carry a shawl with you in case you need an extra layer when cooling is high. You can also carry extra pillow so that you can easily settle at your birth.
- Food is another thing that should also be carefully packed and eaten. Avoid outside food or food cooked in train pantry. If you can’t manage food from home, then take ready-made food from a hygienic source.
- Take extra bottles of water from home. The bottles that are available on the station may be of bad quality and can risk your health. So prefer your home water, not even the mineral water of any good brand.
- Choose homemade foods which can be kept for longer periods of times. Avoid things made with milk, curd and paneer.
- It is important to eat well for you and your baby. So carry sufficient snacks and meals from home. You can pack dry fruits, fresh fruit such as bananas, oranges or apples, or roasted namkeens and protein biscuits to keep you going.
So, these are the tips to be taken care Traveling by Train during Pregnancy.
Most importantly, be with a companion. Traveling alone in pregnancy is not considered safe.
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