Travel during pregnancy generally is safe if you are healthy and not at risk for problems. The safest time to travel is between 18 and 24 weeks. This is the time when your risks for miscarriage and early labour are lowest. Also, it may be uncomfortable to travel later in your pregnancy. Some airlines do not allow women more than 35 weeks pregnant to fly.
You should find a doctor, midwife, or other health professional in the place you travel to. Then, if you have a problem, you have someone to call for help. Your doctor or midwife may be able to give the name of someone. Some hotels also can supply names of local doctors.
It is very important that, while travelling, you carry copies of your medical records with you at all times. You should have these in case you need to be seen at a clinic or hospital that does not have your records. This could be very important, especially in emergencies.
If you plan to travel overseas, you should find out what vaccines you need to prevent illness. Some vaccines, such as measles, mumps, and rubella, are not safe to get during pregnancy. The safety of other vaccines, such as typhoid, is not known. Talk to your doctor if vaccines are recommended.
If you travel by plane often, talk to your doctor about whether it is safe for your unborn child. An occasional flight is not a risk.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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