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Travelling pregnant by train

Advice on planning a long rail journey during pregnancy plus information on making pregnant train travel more comfortable.
There are no special health risks when travelling by train, but for your comfort follow the same advice as for air travel.

You may consider travelling with your back to the direction of travel, so any sudden stops will not send you into the table.

Of course some pregnancy complications do make travel impossible, but you will know if this applies to you. There are certain stresses of long distance travel:
  • Plan your journey to minimise stress and tiredness
  • Try no to sit or stand for long periods
  • Keep drinking water and eat when hungry
  • Carry water, snacks, mobile phone and medical details
  • Wear loose, cotton clothes, several layers to control temperatures
  • Wear comfortable soft shoes

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I'm off to my mums in a few weeks and il be around 25-26 weeks on the way there and 26-27 weeks on the way back and its like 5 trains and takes over 6 hours and i'm not guaranteed a seat..is this OK?
by Rizz 13th Dec 2010, 8:49am
I want to travel to my mum's place in 32 week by train. Journey time would be 10hrs. Is it safe to travel?
by gudiya1 12th Aug 2010, 10:06am
im going to skegness buitlins when i will be 2 weeks before im due and i live in edinburgh im nervous my labour will start on the rain there or back i must be mad lol.
by Lexy 28th Jul 2007, 1:17pm

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