Traveling by Train during Pregnancy: 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. 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.
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 take the right care then the train is quite a safe way to travel. But if you any issues like high blood pressure, diabetes or a previous premature delivery then you should first consult with your doctor and then travel or not travel.
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. 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.
Here are some of the 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.
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. But most importantly, be with a companion. Traveling alone in pregnancy is not considered safe.
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