With the lingering pandemic, surrogacy contracts, and the overall stress of travel, is it safe to travel this holiday season while you’re pregnant?
In the past, traveling was basically fine for healthy pregnant women without complications but everything is a bit different now. If you are planning a trip as a surrogate, always make sure you notify your intended parents and most importantly your doctor, to get the green light. You can discuss whether or not your travel is essential or if it’s safer to put it off in order to minimize any health risks.
Of course, the best time to travel is in the second trimester between the 14th and 28th week. This time is often the best because your energy is back, morning sickness (if any) is virtually gone and you can still get around easily. After the second trimester, it tends to become more difficult to move around or sit for long periods of time.
If you are free and clear to travel and thinking about a road trip, consider this:
- When taking a car trip, keep in mind the shortest route is often the best route.
- Wear your seat belt at all times. The belt should sit low on your hip bones, below your belly.
- Plan to make frequent stops. Use these stops to move around and stretch your legs.
- Wear comfortable shoes, and clothing that is not too tight.
- Wear a few layers of light clothing that can easily be added or removed.
- Eat regular meals to boost your energy.
- Drink extra fluids. Take water with you. You may need to take more restroom breaks—don’t hold it too long.
If you have spoken to your doctor and have the green light to board a plane, consider these tips:
- Avoid “high touch” areas like escalator railings, elevator buttons or door handles.
- Wipe down surfaces during your trip like plane armrests and tray tables.
- Use hand sanitizer and use it after touching common surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face to decrease risk of contracting any virus.
- Choose a window seat – there is lesser chance of catching the virus, even if you have to ask the two people next to you to get up so you can use the bathroom!
For more information, visit the COVID-19 travel website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. You also can read about COVID-19 and pregnancy at www.acog.org/COVID-pregnancy.
Shared Conception wishes you safe travels and a wonderful holiday season! If you are interested in surrogacy and helping creating a family, give us a call. It’s the best gift you can give this year! Or visit www.deliveradream.com to find out more information!