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Nine weeks pregnant. Is it safe to travel by road ?

Hello Doctor , I am nine weeks pregnant , working as a software engineer and i communicate to office via office cabs around 50 km up and down, i live in Bangalore, India and the roads are not good due to Metro construction, i work early morning and cover 10 hours in office , Is it safe to still continue my office at this stage?
Asked On : Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
Thank you for writing to us.

First of all congratulations on your pregnancy.
Travel during pregnancy is a very common concern, and as you have mentioned you travel in a bumpy road for almost 50 km everyday.

Traveling on a mild bumpy road is fine during pregnancy, as the fetus has cushion effect inside the uterus, and if you have no problems like back ache or lower abdominal pain its absolutely safe to travel. Direct physical trauma can cause problems, but the indirect full body motion of bumps should not be a problem and it would be safe if you avoid the back seats of the car/van, and its safer to be seated in the front seat with your seat belts on and you can get down once in a while and just walk around for about 5minutes before you can resume your travel. (since you cover a long distance).

Inform your driver that you are pregnant and ask him to drive safe and slow. If you are feeling fine and no pain etc, surely your baby is fine and safe.

If you face any problem due to travel like pain or discomfort then you can think of another alternative which suits you best.

Take care and best wishes to you for a healthy and safe pregnancy.

Dr Srija
Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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