10 Tips for Travel During Pregnancy

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traveling and pregnantAccording to the American Pregnancy Association, as long as there are no known pregnancy complications, travel during your pregnancy is safe during all trimesters. The association recommends pregnant women travel during the second trimester. Morning sickness is less of an issue than in your first trimester and you are more likely to suffer from fatigue in the third trimester. Here are some great tips for safe and relaxed travel:

  • If you are traveling by airplane, experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend asking for an aisle seat, getting up every 30 minutes to walk and stretch, and drinking plenty of water. Please note that after 36 weeks many doctors and airlines restrict pregnant women from flying.
  • If you are traveling by car, do not turn the airbags off. The American College of Obstetrics contends that the benefits of an air bag outweigh the risks to a pregnant woman and her baby.
  • When planning your itinerary, make sure to schedule time for rest, bathroom breaks, and stretching. Stretching will lessen the risk of blood clots and reduce swelling in your legs and feet.
  • Whether traveling by car, bus, or train, try to limit actual travel time to blocks of no longer than 5 or 6 hours.
  • If you are traveling long distances or for a long length of time, be sure to get a copy of your prenatal records and carry them with you in case of an emergency.
  • If you are traveling to a foreign country, take caution when eating fruits and vegetables, milk, water, and meat, as traveler’s diarrhea is common and could lead to dehydration. Stay away from raw fruits and vegetables. Drink bottled water and only drink milk that has been pasteurized. Make sure all meat and seafood is cooked thoroughly.
  • If you are traveling to a country which requires immunizations before entering, avoid travel to that country or talk with your doctor first if you cannot avoid it.
  • Take time to eat. The American College of Obstetrics recommends continuing to eat a balanced and healthy diet during your trip in order to boost your energy. They also recommend getting plenty of fiber since constipation is common during travel.
  • When wearing your safety belt in a car, always wear the lap and shoulder belt. Never wear the lap belt across your belly. Instead, buckle the lap belt low on your hipbones, below your belly.
  • Before you travel, locate the nearest hospital or doctor’s office where you are visiting. You can do this by calling the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers at (716) 754-4883 or the American Red Cross.

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  1. Avatar of Alanna Alanna says:

    Time for a vacation!

  2. Avatar of Krystle Krystle says:

    Im happy I found this article. I plan on traveling overseas during my pregnancy. I have my husbands business trip to go on.

  3. Avatar of Krystle Krystle says:

    Im happy I found this article. I plan on traveling overseas during my pregnancy.

  4. Avatar of Timothy Timothy says:

    I will refer to this often..because I have CRS.. can’t remember shit

  5. Avatar of Miriam Miriam says:

    Will keep this as a ‘go to check list’

  6. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    Good info. My bladder truly agrees with the planning for many bathroom stops advice!

  7. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    As a avid traveler, I would not risk traveling during my pregnancy (especially third trimester due to being high risk).

  8. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Car rides last much longer when pregnant.

  9. Avatar of brittney brittney says:

    This will definitely make me re-think going all the from kansas to minnasota for christmas! I’ll be just a couple days away from 33 weeks and i don’t want to have my baby in some random hospital with doctors i’ve never seen and know nothing about! It sure would be nice to see all of my LOVE’s family before we have a little baby boy and don’t have time or the money to do so!!! But not worth the risk!

  10. Avatar of cruises_4_u cruises_4_u says:

    This is great info. I was looking for travelling on a cruise boat, but I guess I need to look elsewhere.

  11. Avatar of maretondo maretondo says:

    good info, i’m traveling with my baby this christmas.

  12. Avatar of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    All very great info!

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