Planes, trains and automobiles: Travel during pregnancy
We live in a busy world, and many women have questions for our Grapevine ObGyns about travel during pregnancy. We’re providing some general information and tips about travel, but every woman’s pregnancy is unique, and she should always consult her physician.
General tips for travel during pregnancy
Most women who are having a healthy, routine pregnancy can safely travel during pregnancy. Many women find that the ideal time for travel is during the second trimester. For the majority of women, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting have ended, and they are not concerned about pre-term labor or being able to move or sit for long periods comfortably (that happens in the third trimester!).
Here are a few general tips for women who are hoping to travel during pregnancy.
- Try to travel with a companion.
- Carry a copy of your medications, medical records and your ObGyn’s name and phone number.
- Don’t forget to pack medications and vitamins in an easily accessible bag.
- Check into which medical facilities are available at your destination.
- Talk to your health insurance provider about what your insurance covers when you are away from home.
International travel can present different concerns than domestic travel during pregnancy, and you should consult with our Grapevine ObGyns before embarking on your journey.
- Check to see if there are travel alerts or vaccinations you should be aware of for your destinations. This information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
- Do not travel to an area that is affected by the Zika virus during your pregnancy.
- Talk to your insurance provider to determine if you need to purchase travel insurance for international health care.
- Determine if adequate medical care is available if you should need it for travel during pregnancy.
Travel by air or car
Most trips occur in an airplane or a car. Our Grapevine ObGyns offer these notes for travel during pregnancy.
- During air or car travel, get out of your seat regularly. Walk and stretch your legs to avoid blood clots.
- Check with your airline to determine the cut-off date for travel during pregnancy.
- Always wear your seat belt.