Travel During Pregnancy
Baby on board – 10 tips for travel during pregnancy
Women often ask our Austin ObGyns about travel during pregnancy. Generally, most women can travel safely until their 36th week of pregnancy. However, women who have certain high-risk pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, shouldn’t travel during pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different, so women should address any specific concerns with our physicians.
Ten things women should know about travel during pregnancy
Here are ten important tips for women who want to travel during pregnancy.
- The second trimester is the ideal time to travel during pregnancy.
- Women should take steps to ensure that medications are easily accessible during the trip. In addition, it’s important to carry a copy of current medications, pertinent medical information and the name and phone number of our Austin ObGyns.
- Prior to any travel during pregnancy, women should take steps to ensure that medical coverage will be available by contacting current insurers and purchasing additional international coverage if necessary.
- Women should check with our Austin ObGyns to ensure that vaccines are up to date, especially for international travel.
- It’s important to see if there are any current travel alerts or restrictions for a particular destination.
- Talk to our Austin ObGyns about the Zika virus. Our Austin ObGyns don’t recommend travel during pregnancy to areas with Zika outbreaks.
- Women need to take steps to avoid blood clots and deep vein thrombosis while traveling. These steps include walking and stretching the legs frequently, staying hydrated and avoiding tight clothing.
- Correct and consistent seat belt use is vital. Women should always wear a seat belt during travel, positioning the lap strap under the belly and the shoulder strap, if there is one, between the breasts and to the side.
- When planning to travel during pregnancy, it’s crucial to avoid environmental hazards and toxins. These include substances such as lead, arsenic, mercury, pesticides, chemical solvents and second-hand smoke.
- Women should always seek emergency care when they travel during pregnancy if they experience serious symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding, ruptured membranes, contractions or severe diarrhea or vomiting.
Our Austin ObGyns strive to keep pregnant women healthy and safe at all time, including when they travel during pregnancy. Contact us to schedule an appointment for expert obstetrical care.
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