Traveling while pregnant
Most pregnant women can travel safely throughout their pregnancy if they take the necessary precautions, such as purchasing travel insurance.
In the event that you require immediate medical attention, find out which healthcare facilities are located at your destination wherever you go. It’s a good idea to bring your maternity medical records, also known as handheld notes, with you so that you can give doctors the information they need if they need it.
Learn more about receiving healthcare overseas.
Check to see if your travel insurance will cover you in the event of a pregnancy-related medical condition during labor, a premature birth, or the cost of changing your return date if you become pregnant.
When to Avoid Traveling During Pregnancy Some pregnant women choose not to travel during the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy because they experience nausea and vomiting and feel extremely exhausted. Whether you are traveling or not, the first three months of pregnancy also carry a higher risk of miscarriage.
Traveling during a pregnant woman’s final months can be exhausting and uncomfortable. As a result, between four and six months into their pregnancy, many women believe that traveling or taking a vacation is best.
Pregnancy and flying While flying is safe for both you and your unborn child, you should talk to your doctor or midwife first about any health concerns or pregnancy complications.
After 37 weeks (or 32 weeks if you’re carrying twins), you naturally have a higher chance of going into labor, and some airlines won’t let you fly until the end of your pregnancy. Find out the airline’s policy on this by contacting them.
A letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date and that you are not at risk of complications may be requested by the airline after week 28 of pregnancy.
There is a small risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) when traveling for more than four hours. Drink plenty of water and move around frequently, about every 30 minutes, if you fly. The pharmacy has graduated compression or support stockings you can buy to help reduce leg swelling.