Travel During Pregnancy : Better Safe Than Sorry

Travel During Pregnancy : Better Safe Than Sorry

The holidays are time of great anticipation, excitement & lots of joy. At times can bring stress. Although it is perfectly safe to travel during pregnancy, one needs to do some extra planning and take a few additional precautions.

Most women with healthy pregnancy can travel safely.

The safest time for a pregnant women to travel is during the 2nd trimester (14 through 28 weeks of pregnancy), least danger of preterm labour or miscarriage.

Common pregnancy emergencies usually happen in the 1st & 3rd trimester. In the first 12weeks of pregnancy, there is high risk of miscarriage. After 28 weeks, biggest issue with travel is the risk of preterm labour.

Air Travel : Up, Up and Away

When you are traveling by air, domestic airlines normally do not allow women who are pregnant above 36 weeks while international flights it’s after 28 weeks. But it’s always best you confirm with your airlines. You may also require a “fit to fly” medical certificate from your treating Obstetrician prior to flying. Make sure to book an aisle seat if possible, so that it’s easy to get up and stretch your legs.

Be Prepared : Tips & Care while traveling

  • Hydrate yourself adequately.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks during and before your flight.
  • If you are prone to nausea or vomiting get prescription for anti-vomiting drugs from your Obstetrician.
  • Keep moving your legs and rotating the ankles frequently.
  • During a road trip try to limit travel 5 to 6 hour per day with frequent stops to move around and stretch your legs.
  • Wear your seat belt at all times. Turn on air bags.
  • For a cruise ship be sure to carry your medications to handle sea-sickness.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Take advice on health Insurance and any vaccinations if required.
  • If you are travelling internationally, the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers ( IAMAT) has a world wide dictionary of doctors.
  • The doctors in the country you are visiting may not speak English, so carry a dictionary of the local language spoken with you.


By Dr. Hemavathi

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