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Is it okay to go on a road trip while pregnant?

you asked a question about road tripping

it when you're pregnant and it sounds

like you're about six weeks away from

your due date and wondering if I have

any tips for you and there are

definitely some things that you should

consider the first thing you should do

before planning a trip is talk with your

OB provider and they'll be able to make

sure that you're medically stable and

able to go on a trip they'll also talk

about your gestational age at the time

of travel both going to your destination

and returning for example if you were

going to go somewhere when you were

thirty-six weeks but it was going to be

an extended stay and you're going to

still be on vacation around your thirty

seven thirty eight week your doctor may

advise against it because you're getting

really close to your due date another

thing to consider is that if your doctor

gives you the green light you should

talk with them about obtaining your

prenatal record and taking that with you

in case you have to seek medical

attention on your trip also research

hospitals in the area both in route and

around the area that you're going to be

staying in in case you have to go be

seen for whatever reason another

important thing to do is drink a lot of

water

now that sounds counterintuitive when

you're going on a road trip because most

people say they don't want to drink

anything so that they won't have to stop

but not drinking water and not getting

out moving frequently are both extra bad

for pregnant women dehydration can cause

contractions and so obviously that's

something that you will want to avoid

but then also you need to get up and

move around frequently you don't want to

go for longer than an hour or two before

getting out and stretching your legs and

walking around because this helps to

prevent blood clots which pregnant women

are already at higher risk for also

avoid going on trips that are longer

than six hours in duration total during

one day I'm sitting in the car can just

make you extra sore sometimes women

actually start to contract when they've

been sitting in the car for a long time

when you are sitting in the car make

sure that you're pumping your calves and

stretching your feet as much as possible

to keep that blood flowing also make

sure that you're wearing your seat belt

at all times and that you're wearing it

properly the shoulder straps should go

over your shoulder in the middle of your

chest and the bottom strap should be

below your baby bump and touch your hip

bones on either side warning signs of

complications like preterm labor would

include lower abdominal cramping lower

back ache abdominal tightening pressure

leaking of fluid

vaginal bleeding and an increase in

discharge especially if it's associated

with pain now warning signs associated

with blood clots include like sore

tender calves on one side or the other

maybe it might hurt behind your knee or

up in the groin area one leg might be

more swollen than the other and

especially difficulty breathing that

would be obvious all of those things

weren't urgent medical attention so

someone can check you out and determine

if further investigation or treatment is

necessary for issues like preterm labor

or a blood clot if you have more

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