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Can I Travel Long Distances in the First Trimester?

Sep 23, 2022

The thought of pregnancy and travel may not be clubbed together during first-trimester pregnancy. It is not wrong when traveling for regular work or any occasion like going for a doctor's check-up or any outing visit, but planning for a long-distance should be avoided in the first three months of pregnancy when you may experience various changes in your body. The reason is that the risk of a miscarriage or impulsive abortion is high during the first trimester.

You should consult your doctor and know about travel restrictions during pregnancy. Some health reasons may stop traveling while you are pregnant may be-

  • Undergone any preterm deliveries
  • History of repeated abortion
  • If your placenta attaches low in the uterus
  • If your cervix is not tightly closed
  • Conditions of high blood pressure or gestational diabetes

Travel Inconveniences in Pregnancy

Every woman may experience early pregnancy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and fatigue that bring more discomfort in the first trimester.

Generally, traveling for hours can make you tired. While traveling, sitting down may not be convenient, and prefers to stretch our legs. Because of the excessive strain on the leg muscles, the wobble caused by bumpy roads, and the stress of the journey, your uterus becomes messy. These may cause an increase in the frequency of contractions and exposure to spontaneous miscarriages, which are not encouraged in pregnancy.

Safe First Trimester Travel

A big adventure starts from the first trimester and lasts 40 weeks with joy, fear, and many questions running through your mind. You may have some early symptoms, but everything gets normal by the end of this trimester. 

The first trimester is the most vital part of your pregnancy as it is the span of embryo development. The embryo begins its journey to grow and perch on the endometrium lining of the womb. The main organs of your baby form during this trimester, hence your body requires more energy and sleep, or you may get tired often, and mood swings may occur. 

At the end of the first trimester, the tiny embryo becomes a fetus, even though the risk of miscarriage is high. On the other hand, uneasiness arises due to some pregnancy symptoms, and the urge for frequent urination may escalate while traveling. Therefore, we recommend you avoid road or flight long travel during the first trimester. 

If the travel is unavoidable, get your doctor's advice, and with necessary precautions, be prepared and plan to travel by car safely with a regular break as is recommended to make you more comfortable.


Related: Do's and Don'ts during the First Trimester of Pregnancy

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