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WORK

Clearly, this will vary significantly between individuals and with their occupations. Some pregnancies fly by without any difficulties allowing women to continue working up until they choose to stop. Other women may have difficulties that arise that cause them to stop work earlier than expected.

Likewise, the type of work you do will mean that the advice given may vary. Driving a front-end loader poses different issues in terms of the physical impact on mother and baby than does web design. It is best to have a discussion with your doctor regarding your individual circumstances.

TRAVEL

How are you travelling?

Travel by car is fine throughout pregnancy but it is very important to make sure you have your seat belt positioned properly (see the attached photo).

Travel by aircraft is generally ok. You need to check with the airline regarding any specific policies on travelling while pregnant. The best time is before 28 weeks and you might find that your doctor will recommend against flying after 36 weeks.

How long is the trip?

Whether by car or plane, long periods of sitting down increase the risk of developing blood clots in the legs. Keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water (this will make sure you move around because you’ll need frequent toilet stops!). If you are in a car, stop regularly to stretch your legs. If you are in a plane, keep moving your feet and shift your position regularly. Your doctor may recommend compression stockings and/or a low dose of aspirin before a long haul flight.

Where are you going?

If you are travelling overseas, check with your doctor regarding immunisations and any particular precautions that need to be taken to avoid exposure to disease

SEX

Unless there is specific advice from your doctor to the contrary, sex is fine at any time during pregnancy.

The above information doesn’t take the place of a medical consultation so please seek further advice if you have further concerns.

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