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07 December 2011


Nik Nurehan | Wednesday, December 07, 2011 | 0 Komen
Taking a holiday when you are pregnant is a great idea, especially if this is your first baby. It's likely to be a while before you will get another chance to lie on beach and really relax. But there are things you need to consider before you go, particularly if you are planning to fly. We've got the information you need to help you travel safely and have the stress-free break you deserve.

Is it safe to fly during pregnancy?

Yes, in your first and second trimesters, although if your pregnancy is complicated by medical problems such as vaginal spotting, diabetes, high blood pressure or a previous early delivery, check with your doctor before travelling. Also check with your doctor if you are going abroad so that you can discuss any possible problems.

You may find that your second trimester - weeks 14 to 27 - is a perfect time to travel. With morning sickness behind you, your energy levels high and chances of miscarriage low, you can enjoy the luxury of relaxing, sleeping in and dining late with your husband. You can also take advantage of travelling light - with no car seat, pushchair, nappies or toys in tow.

Airlines are sometimes unwilling to carry women who are past their 28th week of pregnancy because of the risk of premature labour. Ticket agents won't ask if you're pregnant when you book a seat, but you could be questioned about your due date at the gate. In fact, an airline can bar you from travel if they are worried about how pregnant you are. To avoid delays -- and more importantly, to confirm it's safe for you to fly -- get written permission to fly from your doctor. The letter should state that you have been examined and are not likely to go into labour in the next 72 hours and that you are fit to fly.

Travel policies vary with each airline, so ask about restrictions when you book your flight. Don't forget to take into account how far along you'll be on the return trip, too. In addition, pregnant women should not fly on small planes that don't have pressurised cabins.

Of course, airline policies aren't the only restrictions you should consider. It never takes long to get uncomfortable in an aeroplane seat, and it takes even less time when you're pregnant. Be realistic about the possibility of a medical emergency, too. Do you really want to risk having early contractions during a safari in the middle of the African savannah? Whenever possible, you should avoid travelling to places where emergency services are not readily available.

Flying during pregnancy can slightly increase your risk of thrombosis (blood clots) and varicose veins. Wearing support stockings (not tights, which increase your risk of developing thrush) when you fly will help keep your circulation flowing and relieve swollen veins. Scholl also make knee-high socks which are specially designed for flying called Flightsocks (find them at For maximum protection, put the stockings or socks on before you get out of bed in the morning and keep them on all day.

You should try and get up to walk around during the longer journeys. Thankfully, thrombosis is very uncommon amongst Malaysian women.

You may also have heard that exposure to natural radiation while flying can increase the risk of miscarriage and/or abnormalities in unborn babies. In fact, doctors agree that, while flight attendants and business travellers who fly hundreds of times a year may have a slightly higher risk of both, the risk is negligible for women who only fly a few times a year.

* Trasa nk babymoon shj, bila&dimana? disetujui kah. heeeeeeee.... ;P Kita merancang Allah yg tentukan.

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