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Travel During Pregnancy

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Travel during pregnancy is safe. As long as you and your baby are healthy, you can travel safely until you are 34-36 weeks. The best time to travel is the middle of your pregnancy (between week 14-28).  
Paying attention to the way you feel is the best guide for your activities. Travel is not recommended if you have certain conditions and complications such as:
  • Preeclampsia (high blood pressure problems unique to later pregnancy)
  • Premature rupture of membranes (leaking water)
  • Preterm labor
  • Multiple pregnancies (twins/ triplets)
It is not recommended to travel to areas where mosquito carried infections and illness occur, especially area where the Zika virus or malaria are common.
There are a few things you can do to make sure your trip is safe:
  • Schedule a visit with your doctor just before you leave.
  • Know your due date and consider having a paper copy of your chart to have with you.
  • Bring any over the counter medications that you may need.
  • Check that your vaccinations are up to date.
  • Choose the fast way to reach your destination.
  • Choose travel options that allow for travel to change even if this means purchasing travel insurance. This flexibility will help if problems arise before or during your trip.
If traveling by car, make each day’s drive as short as possible. Wear a seat belt always. Plan frequent stops. If traveling by plane, some airlines restrict travel at different times in pregnancy or require a note from your doctor for travel. You will want to check with your airline when planning your trip. Consider an aisle seat to allow movement during the flight and avoid gas producing or carbonated drinks before your fly. Always wear a seat belt.
If traveling by ship, make sure that a doctor or nurse is on board the ship.  Also make sure that your scheduled stops are places with modern medical facilities.
If traveling outside of the United States, check with your insurance company to see if you are covered internationally. Traveling to developing countries comes with the risk of consuming contaminated food or water.  
Go to the hospital or call emergency medical services right away if you have any of the following:
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain or contractions
  • Rupture of the membranes (“water breaks”)
  • Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia (headaches that won’t go away, spots or flashes before your eyes or changes to eye sight, with swelling of your hands or face)
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Signs of a blood clot (pain or swelling of extremities that does not improve with rest)