Travel During Pregnancy

Advice on traveling while pregnant

For most women, travel during pregnancy is safe. In most cases, you will only be advised against traveling while pregnant if you are experiencing certain complications. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the second trimester of pregnancy is the ideal time to go places when you're expecting a baby. During the first trimester, morning sickness and nausea may be acute, and during the last trimester of pregnancy fatigue may set in, either of which may interfere with your enjoyment of your trip.


Tips for Air Travel During Pregnancy

Here are some common-sense tips about pregnancy and air travel:

  • Check with the airline about their policies regarding pregnant travelers. Most of them are happy to accommodate mothers who are up to eight months pregnant, but some may have restrictions for women in the final month of pregnancy to reduce their liability.
  • Choose an aisle seat if possible. You will have more room.
  • Drink extra water and juice, and avoid caffeine. Air travel is dehydrating. Make sure to pack healthy snacks to tide you over in case of any delays.
  • If you are walking to the washroom on a plane in flight, be sure to steady yourself by holding onto the seat backs as you walk down the aisle. Falling down is something you definitely want to avoid.
  • Fly on large airplanes with pressurized cabins whenever possible. If you must travel in a smaller aircraft, you should avoid altitudes that exceed 7,000 feet, as the change in air pressure may cause problems for you.

More Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

During car journeys, always buckle your seat belt across your hips and below your bump, and avoid trips that are longer than four to five hours. For longer trips, take regular breaks so you can get out, move around and stretch. Sitting for extended periods of time, whether in a car, bus or airplane seat, can put you at increased risk for deep vein thrombosis.

If you are traveling internationally, check with your prenatal caregiver about immunizations and other issues you may need to address prior to departure. Bring copies of your health records, especially those relating to your pregnancy, along with you so that you can show them to the doctor if you need care while abroad. Specialized travel insurance for pregnant women is also available, and it is a good idea to make sure you're covered if your current insurance policy doesn't cover medical emergencies that may occur if you're traveling while pregnant.