A Pregnancy Travel Primer

The short answer to this question is that yes, you can travel during pregnancy. Having said that, there are some things that a woman should keep in mind when she is considering travel during pregnancy.

First of all, you need to be aware of any conditions that you might have that might preclude travel during pregnancy. If you have a high risk pregnancy, or are on bed rest, travel obviously is not a particularly good idea, and can even be dangerous. Be sure to discuss this with your health care provider if you have these sorts of concerns. Also, most health care providers recommend that you don’t travel too far during the last few weeks of pregnancy. This isn’t due to concerns about safety, necessarily, but rather concerns that you will go into labor in a location where you cannot get to your particular hospital or birthing center and be attended by your own health care provider.

Travel on an airplane during pregnancy is generally fine. Be certain, of course, to follow airline rules about travel, as many airlines restrict travel by pregnant women within a certain time during pregnancy. In addition, make sure that if you are on a longer flight that you get up and walk around every hour or so to keep from swelling, from getting sore, or getting blood clots. Keep hydrated while you are flying, and make sure that you are dressing in layers so that you can add or remove layers depending on how you feel the temperature is.

Even traveling by car does bring some things to mind for travel during pregnancy. Make sure, for example, that you are stopping frequently to again avoid problems like swelling, soreness, and blood clots. Of course, later on in pregnancy it is likely that you will need to stop more often to use the bathroom anyways. Also, as with any long trip you will want to make sure you’ve got a few nutritious snacks with you, which can help with morning sickness or pregnancy-related blood sugar problems.

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