Can I Travel During Pregnancy?

Traveling While Pregnant

In general, yes, pregnant women can travel however, just as every woman is unique, each pregnancy is unique. If you have complications such as preeclampsia, preterm labor, twins or triplets traveling is not recommended. If you have other medical conditions, it is best to discuss them with your health care provider prior to traveling.

When is it safest to travel during pregnancy?

The majority of pregnancy complications occur during the first and third trimesters therefore the safest time to travel is the second trimester, between 14 and 28 weeks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states women with healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies can travel up to 36 weeks.

Is there anywhere I should avoid?

Pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas with ongoing malaria or Zika outbreaks. The Center for Disease Control, CDC, website keeps a list of travel notices organized by threat level. This list can be searched by location or disease to ensure your travel destination is free from outbreaks.

                https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pregnant-travelers

What should I do to prepare for my trip?

Schedule a visit with your health care provider to ensure you are safe to travel and get copies of records you may wish to take. Should you have any medical emergencies during your trip and visit an emergency room, having copies of your prenatal records will help ensure you are treated properly and completely. Make sure to take any medications such as pain relievers, hemorrhoid creams, stool softeners, anti-nausea medications, prenatal vitamins or prescriptions with you. If you are traveling internationally, make sure you are up to date on all vaccines.

One of the concerns with long trips during pregnancy is developing a blood clot in a vein also called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Pregnancy increases the risk of blood clot development as does immobility, such as sitting in a car or on a plane. To help prevent a DVT you should stay hydrated (pack a water bottle), wear loose fitting clothing and plan to get up to walk and stretch at least every 2 hours while traveling.

Travel tips

o   https://tsatraveltips.us/flying-while-pregnant/

o   The CDC inspects cruise ships to prevent viral outbreaks, see if yours passed. https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/

What should I do if something happens on my trip?

If you have questions or concerns call your provider’s office to reach the on-call doctor. If you are having a medical emergency or think you are in labor go to the nearest emergency room. 

Author
Dr. Gottschalk Dr. Kathryn Gottschalk OBGYN

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