It’s the time of year when travel planning starts to happen. Spring Break will be upon us before we know it, and if you’re an expectant mom, there may be some extra steps to take before your trip. Here are some guidelines to help you with your travel planning:
Plan the timing of your travel
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists the best time for an expectant mom to travel is between 14 and 28 weeks. Before 14 weeks, many women experience nausea which can make traveling unpleasant. After 28 weeks, there is a chance of pre-term labor, so it’s best to stay near your home base.
Find out airline policies
Be sure to check with the airlines before you book your flight. Many airlines restrict travel to women 36 weeks pregnant or more due to the risk of on-flight delivery. If traveling internationally, it could be 32 weeks. You want to avoid surprises when you’re checking in, so best to do some pre-planning.
Plan where you sit
Make sure to get an aisle seat! This will allow for easier access to the bathroom and extra legroom (as long as the beverage cart isn’t coming through). Try to pick a seat towards the front of the plane. Seats near the back tend to cause motion sickness and may aggravate an already nauseous feeling.