For most pregnant women it is safe to travel during pregnancy. However, it is still a good idea to check in with your Ob/Gyn provider prior to traveling to review any recommendations they have for you. If you have a high-risk pregnancy condition it may be recommended that you do NOT travel during pregnancy. We recommend *against* air travel after 36 weeks of pregnancy (which is 4 weeks before your due date).
Tips for traveling:
– Always wear your seatbelt! The seatbelt should be low on your hip bones and under your pregnant belly.
– Minimize your risk of a blood clot! Being pregnant can increase the risk of a patient developing a blood clot in her leg or lung. Travel is also a risk for developing a blood clot. I recommend that my patients wear compression socks or ted hose when traveling to minimize their clot risk. Doing this will also help with swelling. Another recommendation to decrease your risk of a blood clot is moving your legs and/or walking. Every few hours get out of your car and walk around a little bit. If you are on a plane, you can walk up and down the aisle a few times.
– Know the signs of a blood clot! A woman with a blood clot in her leg will often notice that one leg is more swollen, painful, and tender compared to the other. Difficulty breathing can signal that there is a blood clot in your lung.
– Drink extra water and eat regular meals/snacks to boost your energy!
– Wash your hands with soap often!
– Know which hospital(s) offer obstetric care near where you are staying!
How to prepare for international travel:
– Speak with your Ob/Gyn provider at least 4-6 weeks before you leave for your trip to check if it is safe for you to travel.
– We recommend traveling with a copy of your medical records.
– Call your insurance company to find out if you have health coverage outside of the United States. You may be able to buy travel health insurance if needed.
– The CDC has an excellent section on their website about travel vaccines, alerts, and infections specific to the country you are traveling to (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel).
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