If you decide to vacation, visit old friends, or must travel for work, pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from flying or driving to your destination. As long as you are having a normal pregnancy and you have gotten the OK from DeKalb Women’s Specialists, travel is generally approved and safe, but there are some caveats.
Most medical professionals will recommend the second trimester (14 – 27 weeks) as the best time to travel. The first three months are notorious for nausea and all manner of morning sickness. In addition, during the second trimester, common health issues or emergencies are at their lowest. After that, complications can be more of a risk.
Your physician will consider how long the flight or journey by car will take. If there is any chance of preterm delivery, they will caution you about going.
If you are flying, get up and walk the aisle whenever possible. Flex your ankles and point your toes occasionally. If traveling by car, stop for frequent bathroom breaks and to stretch at rest areas. This will promote good circulation throughout the body.
Don’t expect to do certain activities you could do before becoming pregnant. Things like scuba diving, water skiing, hot tubs, and amusement park rides are all on the risky list. Always check with DeKalb Women’s Specialists when in doubt.
While we have covered several of the most commonly asked questions about travel during pregnancy, there are a few extra things to be aware of when gearing up for a trip:
In case of an emergency, it is always best to have a medical file for travel. Your allergies, medical conditions, and other pertinent information should be readily available should there be a need for immediate treatment.
Determine if you are prepared for an emergency while pregnant and traveling. Are you covered for a medical evacuation if you must be flown home for care? This is an important question to ask your insurance provider!
If you are feeling fatigued, get a wheelchair or electric cart to take you to baggage claim or ground transportation at an airport. Ask for help when putting a carry-on bag in the upper compartment. You are probably perfectly capable of doing it on your own, but save yourself the hassle here and avoid a potential injury.
Once you get the green light to travel, adhere to the travel warnings and tips for pregnant women, and have fun! Contact DeKalb Women’s Specialists if you are planning a trip during your pregnancy, and be sure to ask plenty of questions so that you clearly understand the dos and don’ts of this process.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (404) 508-2000 today!