Now that you’ve decided to work while you are pregnant, there’s another equally important decision you’ve got to make – how to travel to your place of work. While being pregnant should not make you fear travel, at the same time, you have to guard against the jolts and strains that mark normal travel in India.
If you go to work by car, it’s okay for you to drive to work provided the office is not too far from home. If it’s a long distance from home, then it’s better that you get a driver. Later stages of pregnancy often lead to fatigue and lowering of concentration levels. Given the crowded and chaotic traffic on the roads nowadays, it may be better to use the time in the car to rest. If you are going on a longish journey by car, plan no more than five to six hours on the road and stop for a stretch or to go to the bathroom at least every two hours. Always wear your seat belt – it does not harm the baby. If the car does not have one, install one.
The safest and most comfortable way is with the bottom belt across your hips (under the bulge). Take drinks and snacks and a few extra pillows to ensure your comfort. Do not take any medication for motion sickness without consulting your doctor.
As far as possible, rides in auto rickshaws must be avoided, especially if the road you travel on is bumpy, full of potholes or speed breakers. A chartered bus is a better option – but remember to be comfortably seated and to guard against nausea. Crowded buses are a no-no.
It makes sense to consult your doctor before embarking on air or rail travel. Barring hypertension, a history of miscarriages, diabetes or bleeding, most doctors would ask you to go ahead provided you have a sensible travel plan. Make sure you inform the airline that you are pregnant when you book your flight.
Prenatal check-ups are important and should not be missed due to travel. Try to schedule your trip around your check-ups or if this is not possible, ask your doctor if he can refer you to a medical facility near the place where you’ll be staying. Begin your journey well rested. If possible, two nights of uninterrupted sleep before you go is a good idea. It will help you cope better with your trip and reduce fatigue when you arrive.
It helps to keep a small medical kit handy while you’re travelling that includes:
Vitamins (in the first 12 weeks you should take folic acid)
Any other medicine your doctor advises, and some lozenges to suck on and fight nausea.