Travelling by Bus during Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant, then you need to exercise caution in whatever you do, and travelling is one of them. Is travelling by bus on your mind but at the same time, you are also sceptical whether you should board a bus or not during pregnancy? Are you>? Here we will discuss various pros and cons of travelling via bus during pregnancy and what tips you can exercise for safe bus travel.

Is It Safe to Travel by Bus during Pregnancy

If you do not have any major health concern or complication and are healthy during your pregnancy, there is no reason to not embark on a bus journey. However, you need to be extra careful in your first and third trimester as these are the crucial months of pregnancy. If your doctor gives you a green signal, you can plan for travel by bus.

Risks Associated with Travelling by Bus in Pregnancy

Here are some risks are involved with travelling by bus during pregnancy:

  1. You may find it difficult to relax or sleep while sitting in an upright position. Sitting for long hours can cause swelling in your feet too.
  2. You may find it difficult to move in a moving bus, and sitting for long hours may put you at the risk of having varicose veins and blood clots.
  3. It is important to keep yourself hydrated during pregnancy as dehydration can cause various complications. Drinking water or any kind of fluids means you will want to go to the washroom, which can put you in great discomfort.
  4. There are usually no seat belts on a bus, which puts you at the risk of facing various jolts and jerks during your travel.
  5. Bus travels can be utterly exhausting and discomforting in pregnancy. The entire process of waiting for the bus, sitting in the bus and the long travel hours can put you at great discomfort and uneasiness.

Precautions to Take for Bus Journey During Pregnancy

If you have to travel on a bus in your pregnancy, then it is important that you take following precautions for safe travel:

1. Be Open About Your Pregnancy

It is a good idea to tell people around you that you are pregnant, especially in your first trimester when it is difficult for the people to know. You may inform the bus conductor also. This way you will get help as and when required and even the driver may be more careful on the road.

2. Travel with Family of A Friend

It is recommended that you plan your bus travel with a family member or a friend. You may require various kinds of assistance and help in your travel and being in the company of a trusted person always helps especially during pregnancy. Also, keep your doctor’s number on speed dial, in case of emergency or if any kind of need arises.

3. Choose Your Seat

Make sure you choose a seat towards the front side of the bus and refrain from sitting on the seats at the end of the bus. Also, it will be a good idea to take the aisle seat for more leg space and for moving around whenever the bus stops.

4. Pack Your Food and Water

Whenever you plan for long travels it is advised that you carry home cooked food and drinking water with you. Do not carry any fried or spicy stuff for eating as it may cause nausea or heartburns. Eat small meals and keep drinking water at short intervals.

5. Move Around Whenever Possible

The longer route buses usually halt for breaks at regular intervals. Make sure you make the most of such breaks. Use the restrooms and move around for a while to relive any kind of muscle stiffness and stretch your legs and arms too.

Pregnant woman standing in the bus

Tips to Make Your Bus Journey More Comfortable

Here we have some useful tips that will make your bus journey more comfortable during your pregnancy:

  • No matter how important it is for you to board a bus but never ever try to board a moving bus. This can be extremely dangerous and may result in severe consequences.
  • Keep yourself alert and cautious at all times because there are usually no seatbelts on buses and the bus ride can get rough on bad roads and on the roads with potholes.
  • Make sure you are seated somewhere in the middle section of the bus as this would keep you safer in case of any kind of crash.
  • Plan to travel in air-conditioned buses in comparison to non-air-conditioned buses as non-air-conditioned buses expose you to dust and pollution.
  • If you cannot find a seat to sit down, you should politely ask someone after explaining your state because it can be extremely dangerous for you to travel standing in a bus.
  • Make sure you keep all your emergency contacts handy, in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure you travel light in case you are travelling solo. Lifting heavy luggage can be very dangerous in pregnancy.
  • Do not carry any valuable items with you and if you must then remain vigilant and take care of your belongings. Do not wear expensive jewellery that may attract any pickpockets.
  • Do not forget to carry wet wipes or hand sanitizers with you as there is no arrangement of water for washing hands of buses.
  • Sometimes longer route buses may have the facility of onboard toilets. In case you feel the urge or need to use the onboard toilet make deliberate efforts to keep up with your balance while using the loo.

Tips on Food and Drinks Consumption While Travelling by Bus During Pregnancy

Keep yourself well hydrated during your travels, and any kind of dehydration may cause complications in pregnancy. There is a likelihood that you may not feel like eating or drinking at all during your travel or as soon as you eat you may feel nauseous. Therefore, refrain from eating anything with more oil or fat content and stick to eating light and easily digestible food items. We shall discuss some tips about consuming food and drinks while travelling by bus that may come handy to you:

  • Carry home-cooked food and filtered drinking water with you. You can take with you a vegetable sandwich, stuffed parantha, curd rice etc. You can also pack some home-made lemonade or ginger ale.
  • You can carry fresh fruits such as apple, bananas and oranges with you. Fresh fruits not only provide you energy and nutrition but it is a safer eating option too. In case you have missed packing fruits for your travel, you can buy them too but make sure you wash them nicely before consuming. Also, do not consume already cut fruits or vegetables.
  • Carrying some roasted dry fruits is a good option to control the hunger pangs. However, refrain from eating large amounts of dry fruits as they may increase the body heat, and they are also difficult to digest.
  • You may also carry packed biscuits or roasted namkeen for snacking. Though you should not consume them too much as eating more of sugary and fried food items may make you feel sick or nauseous.
  • If you have to buy something to eat, then it is recommended that you buy packed food items only. Packed food items are generally safer than unpacked ones and may pose less risk to you and your baby. Make sure you check for the manufacturing and expiry date on the label.
  • You can have coconut water or packed fruit juices too.
  • Always clean your hands before consuming any food items as public transports are the apt places for you to catch any infection.
  • If you do not consume your home-cooked food within three to four hours of its packing, then it is recommended that you do not consume it as it may no longer be fit for consumption, especially during summers.

These are some of the tips that you can adopt for travelling during early pregnancy by bus.

Alternatives to Bus Travelling

Here are some alternative options that you may consider:

  • The most preferred option can be to join a carpool with your friends. This option is not only viable but also very economical.
  • You may ask your husband, friends or relatives to drive for you.
  • If you have a facility of metro trains in your city, then you can use this option. Metro trains are not only fast but save you from the bumpy bus rides.
  • You can also make use of various online cab services. These cabs will pick and drop you right at your doorstep and thus save your effort and time.
  • If possible postpone all your long-distance travel till you start off with your second trimester. If you cannot postpone your travel, consider travelling by train or by air.

Travelling during the first trimester by bus should be avoided. However, if the situation demands it, you can follow the tips mentioned above.

Also Read: Travelling by Car during Pregnancy