You want to take a holiday before your baby arrives and your gynae has given you the OK. But what safety precautions should you take?
The best time to take a holiday is probably during the second trimester, when your pregnancy is more stable, and many early symptoms such as nausea and vomiting would have abated, says Dr Watt Wing Fong, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at Gleneagles Medical Centre.
But do take note of these health pointers, too, he adds.
1. Consider having a flu vaccination before your trip, especially if you are travelling during the flu season to an area with high prevalence.
2. Bring along pills for minor ailments such as diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. Don’t forget any prenatal supplement or medication that you may already be taking.
3. Throughout the flight, drink water and exercise your legs regularly. Expectant mums are more prone to developing blood clots in the leg (deep vein thrombosis, sometimes called “economy class syndrome”).
If it dislodges, travels to the lungs and blocks a blood vessel there, it could be a potentially life-threatening condition. If you’re on long-haul flights (lasting over four hours) or obese, you may want to wear special compression stockings.
4. Ensure that the water is clean, and food should be well cooked and hygienic.
5. And, of course, avoid high-risk activities such as thrill rides and trekking.
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