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What is the safest mode of commute during pregnancy?

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Dr. Apoorva Pallam Reddy, Gynaecologist at Mathrutva Fertility Centre, Bangalore, India advises on the best means of transport for expecting women, who travel to work.

With the changing times, most of the women prefer to remain active, continue with their work and other daily chores during the nine months of pregnancy. Travelling is almost unavoidable. That brings us to the question of the safe mode of commuting for a pregnant lady.

Given the conditions of the Indian roads, riding a two-wheeler or even sitting on one is a risky affair. Avoid two-wheeler at all cost.

Three wheeler or auto rickshaws are also not very safe. Sometimes, speeding and rash driving can prove to be harmful to a pregnant lady.

Public transport like buses, local trains, metros and trams should be avoided. These are the most crowded means of transport, uncomfortable and carry a high chance of causing injury.

“Commuting with a four wheeler is one of the safest modes of transport for a pregnant lady. Make sure that you have your seat belt on. If you are comfortable driving your car, you can drive safely to work. Speeding is a big No.”

If you are taking an office cab, inform them that you are expecting so that proper arrangements are made for you. Request your employer for being the last one to be picked up and the first one to be dropped, to cut down your travel time. You can carry a pillow or cushion to support your back during your travel.

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