Travelling during pregnancy is best avoided, due to various inconveniences an expecting mother might face during the long hours of journey. However, life isn’t always perfect. In today’s fast paced life, it seems there is no scope for the expecting mother to avoid travels. We get a good indicator of this, through the repeated questions we receive about travelling in train during pregnancy. So, we have decided to answer some of the questions put forward by loyal RailYatris.
How safe is travelling in train during pregnancy?
Train travel is the safest form of transportation for any pregnant woman. In road trips there are bumps, sudden curves and chances of sudden forward thrust (when the brakes are applied). Few airlines allow pregnant women to fly (due to health hazards) during certain stages of pregnancy. So, trains with their gentle rocking motion are best, both for the mother and the child within. However, it is mandatory to consult your physician before embarking on the journey.
Which Class should I opt for?
During the later stages of pregnancy (after 6 months), jerking or sudden movements are not good for the health of the mother and the foetus. Also, the mother will need ample open space to make her feel comfortable. This is why AC 3 or 2 Tier coaches are the perfect class options for such a journey. This is why, when travelling with a pregnant women planning well ahead of the journey date is essential. Make sure you book only the lower berth seats, so that the expecting mother does not have to climb.
What precautions should I take during the journey?
Lifting heavy luggage is a typical hassle of a journey during pregnancy. So, an expecting mother should refrain from personally carrying any type of luggage. Make sure that you arrive at the station with enough time in hand to avoid the last minute rush. The mother needs to take every step carefully, which is especially important at crowded platforms. Also, make sure that the mother avoids bending over. Bending puts pressure on the abdomen which is not good for the baby.
What food should I eat during the journey?
Maintaining a strict diet is essential for a pleasant journey. Do not eat food from the station-side stalls or hawkers however appealing it might appear. Always book meals from a reputed service provider and ask for non-spicy, homemade food. If at all you feel hungry, just have some fruits (but make sure these are not pre-cut). Carry and buy packaged water bottles to keep yourself well hydrated.
Why can’t I travel alone during pregnancy?
Later stages of pregnancy are a very tricky time with many health issues crop up all of a sudden. At such a time you will always need a companion. From lifting the luggage to leading you to the washrooms, you will have to rely on a companion constantly. Your responsibility on such a trip is to take adequate rest and make sure that no actions of yours are affecting the foetus adversely.
- The mother should be seated in a comfortable posture.
- When you are travelling long distances, do not spend too much time sitting in the same posture. Do lie down whenever possible.
- Take a stroll from time to time within the train compartment. This will improve blood circulation.
- Always carry essential and prescribed medications. Keep them in a bag that is readily accessible.
Take it easy, really easy
When you are travelling, leave aside all the tensions. Sit back and enjoy your first journey with the baby. Listen to some soothing music and rest. Maybe you can carry a stock of chocolates or snacks of your choice to munch along the journey.
At RailYatri, we want to ensure you and your little one remains in fine health always. Bon Voyage!