Traveling Long Distances When Pregnant, Is It Safe?

Bismillaah r nDoctor, my name is tia, currently I am 27 weeks pregnant. My husband and I intend to go to Umrah pilgrimage to the holy land later in November 2018, where my pregnancy is over 30 weeks. R nIn sha Allaah my HPL is around early January 2019. r nCan I still be able to use it an airplane with a duration of about 8 hours in the air, at the age of pregnancy has entered the 3rd trimester? r nThank you doctor, I hope you are pleased to answer my questions.

1 Answer:

Hi Tya,

Thank you for asking

As long as you and the fetus are in good health, there is actually no absolute prohibition for pregnant women to travel by airplane for up to 5-10 hours like during Umrah pilgrimage. In contrast to mothers whose gestational age is still young (1st trimester), 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, usually mothers can be stronger in their activities.

However, this also needs to be done by considering the condition of the pregnant woman itself. Umrah worship is physical worship. Therefore, it is necessary to have a strong physique to undergo various activities during worship, including adapting to extreme weather differences, high mobility, different foods and drinks, and so on. Each person's physical endurance is distinctly different. So, it cannot be generalized with one another. In some conditions, excessive physical activity in third trimester pregnant women can potentially trigger contractions. If these contractions are severe enough, then you are at a higher risk of preterm labor.

In addition, there is one more thing that needs to be taken into consideration before undergoing Umrah while pregnant, namely meningitis vaccination. For everyone who is going to the holy land, whether for Umrah, Hajj, or other purposes, special conditions are needed, namely the meningitis vaccine. There are several types of this vaccine, and not all are safe to give to pregnant women. Unless, before pregnancy (less than 2 years) you have had meningitis vaccination, then this should not be a problem.

It's safer if you consult with your doctor or obstetrician first. The doctor who examines you directly will certainly better understand your health condition and the fetus, including the best option for both of you regarding the worship you want to run.

I hope this helps.

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