To say your body undergoes changes while pregnant is an understatement. I wanted to find out some tips for traveling when pregnant. As you are nurturing and fostering this new life, there are always different ways that you will have to take care of your body including changing the way you eat and travel.
We recently spoke with the Dr. Yvonne Bohn, a board-certified OB/GYN, and one of the stars of the hit show 'Deliver Me,' on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, and co-author of The Mommy Docs Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, about some myths with pregnancy and travel.
Momtrends: What are the best foods for pregnant women?
Dr. Yvonne Bohn: The best diet for women during pregnancy is a balanced one, containing fats, carbs, and proteins. It should include daily servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein from sources like meat, eggs, or tofu. We recommend that all pregnant women try to incorporate as much fresh, natural and organic food into their diet. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as avoiding processed foods decreases the potential of exposing the fetus to preservatives and the mother to excessive salts in processed foods.
Momtrends: What are some tips for pregnant women when traveling? Fighting sickness on a plane, etc.
Dr. Yvonne Bohn: Women who are pregnant and traveling by plane should get up and move as much as they can during the flight to help avoid clots in the lower extremities. Pregnant women can also be more prone to infections. It can be a good idea to keep safe OTC products on hand, especially while on-the-go away from home and her doctor when uncomfortable symptoms creep up -- pregnant women can safely use Monistat for vaginal yeast infections and Uristat for relief of a Urinary Tract Infection (both conditions are more common in pregnant women) until she finds a health care provider who can assist in her treatment and/or diagnosis.
Also products like Vitamin C and Airborne are safe to take in pregnancy but they have never been proven to prevent people from getting a cold. The thing that is most helpful is good hand washing, using a hand sanitizer frequently to avoid contact of viruses and bacteria during the flight, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have washed or sanitized your hands because these actions increase the chances of contracting infection.
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The Mommy Docs are practicing OB/GYNs and stars in the hit show Deliver Me, airing daily on Discovery Fit and Health, in addition to a new series in development. Their opinions and professional recommendations are their own.