Pregnant and travelling, somethings to know

Women with high-risk pregnancies need to be extra cautious

Pregnant and now about to travel.

Well,it certainly requires some planning on your part.

So consulting the doctor or midwife is sure a good idea.It is said that traveling in the middle of pregnancy is best because most emergencies happen in the first and last trimesters.

So it is always good to ask the doctor or midwife whether there are any medical concerns to be taken care of.

Women with high-risk pregnancies need to be extra cautious.

Does your condition prohibit travel is what needs to be ascertained.

It is also good to know when the tests need to be carried out.

The following tests are usually done during the specified weeks of pregnancy: a first trimester screen for Down syndrome (at 9 to 13 weeks), chorionic villus sampling (at about 10 to 12 weeks), nuchal translucency (between 11 and 14 weeks), amniocentesis (at about 16 to 20 weeks), multiple marker screening (15 to 18 weeks), ultrasound (16 to 20 weeks), glucose screening test (24 to 28 weeks), and group B strep screening (35 to 37 weeks). (And if you’re Rh-negative, you’ll need your shot of Rh immunoglobulin at 28 weeks.)

Before you leave, prepare a list of key names and phone numbers you’ll need in case of emergency. Make sure they are saved in your phone and that you have a paper copy in your carry-on luggage, in case your phone is lost or dead when you need to reach someone.

If you are in your second or third trimester, ask your doctor or midwife for a copy of your prenatal chart, and bring that along, too. Keep it with you at all times during your trip. Ask if they’ll email it to you, so you can have a digital copy as well.

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