Being pregnant is a normal and healthy state of living but there are a lot of physical changes that take place. This leads to many questions about what is okay and what isn’t okay. A common question that comes up during pregnancy is if it is safe to travel or not. Read on to learn more about traveling while pregnant.
Is It Safe to Travel During Pregnancy?
In most cases, it is safe to travel during pregnancy but there are some things to keep in mind. Talk with your OB/GYN provider before you start planning a trip. If you have pregnancy complications, are close to your due date, or are at high risk, they will likely recommend not traveling.
What Are the Dangers of Traveling While Pregnant?
In most circumstances, it is safe to travel during pregnancy but you should be aware of signs of complications and know when to go to the hospital or get emergency medical care. Signs to look for include:
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
- Water Breaks
- Headache That Won’t Go Away
- Elevated Blood Pressure
- Signs of Preeclampsia
- Changes in Eyesight
- Swelling of the Face or Hands
- Severe Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Signs of a Blood Clot
Is It Safe to Fly During Pregnancy?
In a healthy pregnancy, it is safe to fly domestically until about 36 weeks of pregnancy. If traveling internationally, speak with your OB/GYN to see what they recommend. You shouldn’t fly if you have a medical condition that could be made worse by flying or that would require you to need emergency medical care.
Are There Places I Shouldn’t Go to If I’m Pregnant?
It is safe to travel to most places but you should consider if your destination has an adequate healthcare system in place in case you need care. Avoid places that have a high risk of zika or malaria.
What Should I Do Before Traveling While Pregnant?
The first thing you should do before making any travel arrangements is speak with your OB/GYN healthcare provider and discuss your plans. Make sure to plan ahead and check out what healthcare facilities are available at your destination. If you will be traveling overseas, check your healthcare policy for pregnancy and neonatal complications while in a foreign country. Make sure to check the pregnancy policies of any of the travel companies you will be using.
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