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Tips for Travel During Pregnancy


Updated August 30, 2011

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Nine months is a long time to be expected not to travel. The good news is that traveling is perfectly safe for most pregnant women. It doesn't matter if you're going on vacation or home for Christmas, if you're traveling by airplane, car or boat, there are just a few things to remember to help make your travel plans more comfortable and safe.

  1. Take snacks.
    Snacking on long airplane flights or long car trips can help you ensure that you're well nourished. It is also a good idea to have snacks with you just in case you get stuck in traffic or at the airport. This can help ease common discomforts of pregnancy like morning sickness and feeling faint, particularly related to blood sugar.

  2. Take stretch breaks.
    Whether you're in a car or in an airplane, getting up to move around at least every other hour is a must. This is particularly true the further along you are in your pregnancy. This will help prevent soreness and stiffness as well as blood clots.

  3. Be prepared.
    It never hurts to carry a copy of your current prenatal record and your insurance card with you. While you don't anticipate problems, it's always a possibility. You can get your prenatal record from your doctor or midwife by simply asking. You will also want to talk to your practitioner about any vaccinations you may need to avoid or restrictions on your travel.

    You will probably be asked to refrain from travel during the last few weeks of pregnancy except in cases of emergencies. Many airlines enforce this rule, so be sure to ask before you book a flight.

  4. Stay hydrated.
    Pregnant women need a lot of fluids. Traveling makes it very easy to become dehydrated. Be sure that you always carry a water bottle with you. Remember that thirst is not always a great sign of if your body needs fluids.

  5. Dress for the trip.
    Be sure to dress appropriately for the trip. When flying in an airplane or riding in a car, you don't always control the temperature. Wearing layers will give you more ease in staying cool or warm as you need to be during the trip.

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