Travelling during pregnancy: Be train ready!
Here is a list of things a pregnant woman needs to know before she opts for a train journey
Planning to take the train to your holiday destination during pregnancy? If you are maturing normally, then this is a wise thing to do.
"Train travel does not involve any jerks or winding roads and is hence a preferred mode of transport during pregnancy," says Dr Papia Goswami Mukherjee, consultant gynaecologist, Kumar Clinic, Mumbai. She adds that though the second trimester is the best time to travel, a woman in her first trimester can safely travel by train, if required.
Tips for a safe train travel
- Book the lower berth or the aisle seat
- Do not lift heavy baggage while travelling. Try to travel light as much as possible
- Take care while walking over the stairs leading to the over-bridge
- Reach before time to settle down comfortably at the station
- Be extra-cautious while boarding and alighting, especially on the footboard
- Do not sit on your seat for long hours at a go. Get up often, do stretches. Take support when you do so
- Take precautions while using toilets. The door of train toilets are usually very heavy. So lock them properly as they tend to bounce back when the train is in motion
Read our article on important things to pack and eat before travelling during pregnancy.
Also read our tips for a safe and comfortable road trip when pregnant.
Know a pregnant friend who will be travelling by air? Share our tips during air travel with her.
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