Travel During Pregnancy

It is acceptable to travel during your pregnancy, unless otherwise specified by your physician. Always inform us of your travel plans. The best time for travel is in your second trimester (14 to 24 weeks of pregnancy).

Guidelines For Travel:

Car:

  • If you are wearing a seat belt, never put the lap belt across your abdomen; the lap belt should be placed low on the hipbone.
  • In the event of a fender bender or crash, please call your physician immediately.
  • In order to stimulate blood flow, you must get up and walk around every one-half to one hour

Plane:

  • Metal detectors are safe
  • If possible, choose an aisle seat
  • In order to stimulate blood flow, you must get up and walk around every one-half to one hour

Boat:

  • Motion sickness may occur
  • May wear Sea Bands
  • Ginger tablet; ginger ale to decrease nausea

Foreign Travel:

  • It is best to discuss this with your physician. Together, we can determine if this form of travel would be safe for you.
  • Prior to travel, all shots/immunizations should be up-to-date.
  • Become aware of unsafe food and water.

Tips:

  • Always have a copy of your medical record with you, along with our office telephone number
  • Keep all travel plans flexible
  • In case your plans change, make sure to have travel insurance
  • Keep moving – With long travel times, every ½ to 1 hour, you should be walking around
  • Wear comfortable clothing (nothing constricting) and shoes
  • Always carry light snacks and water
  • Get plenty of fiber
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Locate the nearest Medical Care site