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Gynecology Specialist Op.Dr. Nuri Ceydeli, told the points to be paid attention to expecting mothers.
Pregnancy is a natural process for every woman. Like every person, the pregnant woman has the freedom to travel. If there is no predetermined problem during pregnancy, there is no travel barrier. The ideal travel time for pregnant women is 18-24. because the risk of spontaneous abortion or preterm birth is minimal during this period. Moving away from home in the last three months is not very accurate as it may be difficult to reach a doctor in case of hypertension, phlebitis and premature birth risk. Risk factors in international journeys; Pregnancy itself is divided into 3 groups as general risk factors and potential risks in the region of destination.
Risk factors of pregnancy:
- 1. Low story
- 2. Cervical insufficiency
- 3. History of ectopic pregnancy or preterm birth
- 4. Placental anomalies, vaginal bleeding, multiple pregnancy
- 5. Mothers aged 35 or under 15
General risk factors:
- 1. The story of thromboembolism
- 2. Pulmonary hypertension, severe asthma
- 3. Heart valve diseases, hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure
Travel to potentially risky areas
- 1. High altitudes (climbing above 2500 meters is dangerous.)
- 2. Food disorders
- 3. Insect bites
- 4. Live vaccination requirements for the region traveled
If there is a menstrual delay before going on a long journey, it should first be confirmed that there is no ectopic pregnancy. If there is health insurance, it is necessary to know whether there is an extra guarantee for the region. Medical facilities and hospital conditions in the destination area should be investigated. If the journey is to last long, the risks of medical checks and tests that cannot be performed during this period should not be overlooked. Indigestion, fatigue, heartburn, sleep disturbances, vaginal discharge, leg cramps, frequent urination and hemorrhoid problems, which are routine travel problems that affect even non-pregnant people, may occur. Food and beverages that produce gas must be avoided throughout the journey.
Things to consider when traveling by plane:
Particularly in cabin journeys, the cabin pressure is controlled, so it is safe to travel by plane up to the 36th week. 32-35 in international flights depending on the rules of aircraft companies. travel between weeks. If the cabin pressure drops, the oxygenation of the baby's blood may be affected. The journey can be dangerous if your mother is seriously ill. The risks a pregnant woman takes on the plane are the same as for a non-pregnant. The most important problem here is blood circulation disorders in the legs due to inactivity. This requires periodic action. The aircraft should be on its feet every half hour and move for a while. Taking plenty of fluids during the flight should increase the blood density and reduce the risk of vascular obstruction. It must be secured to the seat belt during the journey. It is better not to pass through airport security gates when possible, because it increases the likelihood of various blood diseases in infants.
Things to consider when traveling by car: The fact that the pregnant woman is fastened to the seat belt while driving does not have any negative effect on the baby. Any injury that could cause the death of the baby during an accident will also threaten the mother's life. It is necessary to use 3-point seat belts when driving. It is important that the lower part of this belt passes through the lower part of the pregnant belly and is as comfortable as possible. The upper side of the belt should be between the nozzles. At the same time, the airbags in vehicles must not be deactivated.
Perhaps the most important risk during the general journey is an infection and difficulty in coping with a possible complication. Vaginal bleeding, severe headache, abdominal pain, abdominal contraction, opening of the water sac, vision problems require a doctor immediately. Consumption of unclean water and foods and bowel infections should be avoided. Therefore, wherever and how the journey is made, it is absolutely correct to get the advice and advice of the doctor who follows the pregnancy beforehand. Under these ideal conditions, a pregnant woman can travel with pleasure.