You may get very tired, particularly in the first and last weeks of your pregnancy. Try to use your lunch break to eat and rest. If you work with chemicals, lead or x-rays, or you are in a job with a lot of lifting, you may be risking your health and the health of your baby. If you have any specific concerns, please talk about them with your doctor, midwife or employer.
Some airline companies ask for a letter from your doctor or healthcare staff to say that it is safe for you to travel. However, the hospital cannot give you this letter; if you travel by air it is at your own risk. Research shows that if you travel by air during your pregnancy it can increase the risk of you
developing a blood clot. If you do travel it is important to drink lots of water during the flight so that you do not become dehydrated. You should wear ‘flight socks’ and it is important to keep active during a long flight.
Road accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in pregnant women. To protect both you and your unborn baby, always wear a seatbelt with the diagonal strap across your body between your breasts and the lap belt over your upper thighs. The strap should lie above and below your bump, not over it.
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