I am 7 months pregnant, can I travel by bus?
Many women when they are pregnant greatly reduce their social activities out of fear or ignorance, but a pregnant woman can do practically the same as without being pregnant if she takes into account the symptoms that pregnancy produces.
It is true that every woman is different and if you suffer from a risky pregnancy, it is preferable to consult with your gynecologist if the trip is appropriate or may pose a risk to your health during pregnancy.
From this week on, it is not recommended to move around too much, although it depends on the condition of each woman. It is possible to travel, but it is preferable that if the trip is for vacation or leisure, it should be postponed for another time.
As we have already mentioned, traveling pregnant is possible, but you have to take into account that you are not in the same physical condition as when you are not pregnant, so when choosing the destination for your trip it is advisable to make sure that the place meets the minimum requirements of both hygiene and health.
Tropical countries, in addition to requiring vaccinations that may affect pregnancy, have high temperatures that can worsen the symptoms of pregnancy such as fatigue or dizziness.
Up to what week of pregnancy you can travel
Now, if you have already bought your tickets or you are thinking about a trip out of the country, it is good to check the availability of medical care in the place you are visiting. Vacations to areas with endemic diseases such as dengue or with active outbreaks of diseases such as the Zika virus, of African origin and of recent appearance in Central and South America (Brazil and Colombia are the countries where it has advanced the fastest), are not recommended. Caused by the bite of a mosquito, it has been linked to nearly three thousand cases of newborns with microcephaly in Brazil.
If you make a long trip, more than two hours, you should stop every so often to walk to avoid leg cramps. In the event of an accident, no matter how minor, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
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Malaria in pregnancy can cause
Zika is a virus that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. Outbreaks of the virus have occurred worldwide, particularly in tropical areas where certain types of mosquitoes live.
Many people infected with Zika do not get sick and do not know they are infected. Those who do get sick have symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, and redness of the eyes. Symptoms are mild. The virus can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy.
1. Pregnant women (and women trying to become pregnant) should not travel to areas that are currently affected by the Zika outbreak. CDC is tracking countries where people are infected with this virus.
If you are already pregnant, use condoms when having sex during pregnancy, or do not have sex during pregnancy. This also applies to couples where the man has lived in or traveled to an area with Zika, but the woman has not.
A pregnant woman can travel by car
Once the decision to travel has been made, prevention strategies should be implemented: vaccinations, prevention and self-treatment of traveler’s diarrhea. The patient should be advised that the best time to travel is the second trimester.
A traveler’s kit should be available, to which should be added: prenatal vitamins, antifungal drugs for vaginal yeast infections, adequate sunscreen and paracetamol instead of aspirin.
Triviral (MMR) (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): Should be avoided in pregnant women. In non-immune women, vaccinate after childbirth. After vaccination, the woman should avoid pregnancy at least one month later.
Yellow fever: Should not be given to pregnant women, unless travel to a risk area cannot be postponed, in which case it is recommended, since the risk of complications is low. Ideally, travel should be postponed until 9 months after delivery, so that both mother and child can be vaccinated. Pregnancy should be avoided at least 1 month after vaccination.