Most pregnant women should have no concerns traveling during pregnancy. There are certain tips to help make your trip the safest and most comfortable it can be. As long as there are no identified complications or concerns with your pregnancy, it is generally safe to travel during your pregnancy.

  1. Medical Permission: Make sure your Ob-Gyn has been notified of the travel dates and the distance / method of travel. Any medical concerns the doctor has should also be discussed well in advance of the trip dates.
  2. Take a Friend: Whenever possible, pregnant women should not travel alone. If a complication would occur, having a friend by your side can be just the tool you need to receive the best care in the fastest time possible.
  3. Medical Records: Also as a safety precaution, the pregnant women should carry all prenatal records with her to her destination. These records can be used to assess the care needed and allowed based on the week into gestation and previous / current care techniques.
  4. Short Trips are Best: Even if there is a long trip at the end of the travel time, taking shorter day trips and stopping for the night early are the safest choices when pregnant. Sitting for long periods of time is not good for the circulation of a pregnant woman.
  5. Circulation: Whether traveling by car or by air, circulation is a major concern. Stretching the legs and body often and propping up the feet whenever possible will keep mom comfortable and healthy along the way.
  6. Comfort in Clothing
    : Another essential choice for comfort includes dressing in layers of clothing. During pregnancy, it is important not to overheat and dressing layers means pulling off the extra and adding layers when needed.
  7. Seatbelt Safety During Pregnancy: If traveling by car, it is important to place the seatbelt just right over the growing belly. The lower strap should rest below the belly and the body strap through the middle of the breasts.
  8. Immunizations Needed?: Planning travel to countries that require immunizations is not allowed during pregnancy. Many of these immunizations are unsafe for the fetus.
  9. Snacks and Meals: Going for long periods of time without a healthy snack or meal during travel is not good for the energy levels of mom or baby. Remember, you are eating for two and not just you.
  10. Hydration: While many people do not like to stop while traveling, this is not an option when traveling with a pregnant woman. Drinking often and stopping for frequent breaks is important. Travel times should allow an extra day or two.
  11. Frequent Breaks: Stopping every hour or two when driving will help the pregnant woman to keep circulation moving and prevent swelling and pain from sitting for long periods of time. During these stops it is a great idea to walk around for 15 minutes. These breaks are also the perfect time to hydrate and take in a snack or meal.
  12. Know When to Stop: Travel is only advised up to the 36th week of gestation. After this, the time has come for mom to put in her roots and wait for baby to arrive. If emergency travel needs to happen after the 36th week, the obstetrician will need to make the final call.
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