Flying The Blue Skies With Your Big Belly
Summer time is here
and many of my patients want to plan a nice relaxing vacation
before their baby is due.
Here are a few
recommendations that I share with my patients to help them choose
the appropriate vacation.
1. Get an
aisle seat. Not your partner, but you sit in
This way, when
you are constantly getting up, you are not self-conscious.
In order to prevent
potentially dangerous blood clots from forming in your legs,
you should get up every 1-1.5 hours and walk around if only for
2-3 minutes (although common even amongst non-pregnant people,
pregnant women are at higher risk).
2. Buy 1
liter of water for every 2 hours that you are flying.
Do not count on the
flight attendant to bring you that shot glass of water.
You should know that the planes are kept at a very low humidity
to prevent people from sweating and then smelling and the dry
air can dehydrate you. Dehydration can potentially send
you into preterm labor, and did you know that the first thing we
do when you have preterm labor is stick an IV in you and hydrate
dehydration is actually one cause of jet lag...so keeping
hydrated is good advice for everyone.
3. I recommend
to my patients that it is usually best not to travel out of the
area until after about 12 weeks and then to stay close to home
after 34 weeks. 40,000 feet or in a foreign city is not
where you want to be if things go wrong.
Did you know that in
many health insurance "fine print" it says that if you are out
of the area after 36 weeks (40 weeks is your due date), and you
need medical attention, you will not be covered at all?
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