Moms-to-be can travel with a well-stacked travel kit to ensure safety. The travel kit needs to be based on the stage of pregnancy and any complications that the pregnant woman develops.
Been avoiding travelling but can't anymore? If you are worried about developing complications, a travel kit will do you good and make you feel much better and safer on the road, air or water.
Ideally, a travel kit must ensure that existing medical conditions can be managed even if they get more severe than their present stage, illnesses related to travelling are prevented and that minor health problems are taken care of.
Things to Include in the Travel Kit
- Two pairs of disposable gloves
- Talcum powder
- Different sizes of adhesive bandages
- Adhesive tapes
- Packets of oral rehydration salt
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Elastic bandage wrap for sprains and strains
- Cotton swabs
- Antifungal agent for vaginal yeast
- Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial lotions or creams
- Gels or creams to guard against insect bites
- High SPF sunscreen
- Saline eye drops
- Urine dipsticks and BP cuffs (for pregnant women in their third trimester)
- Digital thermometer
- Blisters prevention with moleskin
- Self-evaluated anti-malarial and anti-diarrhoeal medications
Complications that pregnant mums need to guard against are similar to those that any traveller should. The traveller’s medical history has a bearing on her health and so does the itinerary, particularly during pregnancy.
Fatigue, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, cramping of legs, haemorrhoids and increased frequency of urination are some problems pregnant mums have in common with any traveller.
The needs of pregnant travellers change with symptoms specific to their condition. They are vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramps or pain, passing clots or tissue, ruptured membranes, headaches, visual problems and excessive leg swelling or pain.
Other Important Travel Tips
- It is advised to discuss trip details with your doctor. You must plan something in case your doctor agrees.
- When you are travelling alone, you must pack light. Carry snacks and a water bottle.
- Make your trip as comfortable as possible. Book an aisle seat so you can get up to stretch or go to the restroom as easily as possible. If travelling by car, push back your seat to make space to stretch your legs.
- If you're carrying multiples or are at risk of pre-term labour, you must not travel.
- Carry a small pillow or slippers if your feet become swollen. Also, take a small blanket as well.
- It is better to wear loose, comfortable clothing in a fabric that is breathable.
Travel kit acts like a first-aid kit in preventing and managing complications that develop during pregnancy and especially, when a pregnant woman is travelling. Make sure that you pack it first thing when you are gathering your travel essentials.
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