(CHICAGO) — As the holiday season approaches, many people will be heading to the nation’s airports to begin their journey to celebrate with family and friends. While traveling by airplane does allow more time to spend at your destination, air travel can also take a toll on your body.
4. Stretch your legs. Most people become uncomfortable after sitting during a long flight, but trying to remain active by stretching your legs during the flight or periodically moving your feet and ankles even while seated can help avoid dangerous pooling of blood. It is especially important for pregnant women to stretch during even a short flight. Dr. Ajluni advises pregnant patients to try to get up every hour and walk up the aisle to help against swelling. He also recommends expectant mothers avoid the salty foods— like peanuts and pretzels— offered on flights and instead bring their own fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water.
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