Traveling While Pregnant

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Most women, with proper precautions can travel safely well into their pregnancy. It is still important to arm oneself with information on when to travel, as well as vaccinations and travel insurance information.

It is also important to identify which healthcare facilities are at your destination in case you need urgent medical attention. It’s never a bad idea to take your medical records with you in case you require health care abroad.

Dollarphotoclub_71064672Make sure that your travel insurance covers you for the right kind of events, like pregnancy-related medical care, premature birth, and/or the cost of changing the date of your return trip if you need to go into labor.  

Due to the nausea and fatigue that accompanies the first trimester of pregnancy, many women prefer not to travel during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Traveling or not, the risk of miscarriage is also higher in the first three months.

Flying has not been shown to be harmful to both the preganant woman or the developing child, but it is still important to discuss these concerns with a health care provider or midwife before one flies.

After around 37 weeks(around 34 weeks if you're carrying twins), the likelihood for going into labor is significantly higher. As such, some airlines may not let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy, so try to check with the airline for their policy on this. 

It is important to drink plenty of water and move around every 30 minutes in the case of long-distance travel (longer than five hours) as it carries a risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT). A pair of support stockings can also reduce leg swelling.

In general, caccines are not recommended to pregnant women because of concerns that the virus or bacteria in the jab could harm the baby in the womb. As a result, it is generally advised to avoid travelling to countries where immunization is required.

Foreign food and drinks carry risks during pregnancy. Food- and water-borne conditions are more difficult to treat on pregnant women. Be sure to eat healthy foods and drinks. If unsure if the tap water is safe, drink bottled water. Stay hydrated!

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