Traveling by Land While Pregnant
It is generally safe to travel any time during pregnancy unless there are problems that have been identified and you’ve been advised by your doctor not to. However, the BEST time to travel during pregnancy is while you’re in your second trimester. At this time, you’re usually past morning sickness and yet far enough away from delivery that you’re not too tired or obviously, ready to deliver.
Traveling by land, whether by car, bus or train is safe during pregnancy, but there are some things to think about that can possibly make your trip safer as well as more comfortable.
- You MUST buckle up each and every time you get in a car. Be certain to use both the lap and shoulder belts so that you and your baby have the best protection. Even better, consider using a seat belt adjuster for pregnancy.
- Always keep your airbags turned on. The benefits of the air bag far outweigh any supposed risk to you and your baby.
- Buses can be a more challenging mode of transportation due to narrow aisles and small restrooms. You should try to remain seated the entire time but if you should need to use the restroom, be sure to hold on to the rail or seats to help keep your balance.
- Trains are usually easier to navigate as they tend to have more room to walk. However, the restrooms are very small. Always hold on to rails of backs of seats while train is in motion.
- It’s a good idea to limit the duration of consecutive time you’re in a vehicle, bus or train. Keep travel time under six hours and move your legs often.
- Take advantage of rest stops to take a short walk and stretch to keep your blood circulating.