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Is It Safe To Travel To A High Altitude While Pregnant
Yes: There are millions of people who live in high altitude areas of the world who are pregnant and do just fine. If you are not used to it you may be more prone to altitude sickness and feeling of shortness of breath though. For prolonged sitting during travel make sure you get up and walk every few hours to prevent blood clots. Support stockings on your feet prevent some swelling too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more
Yes: It is safe to travel to high altitude areas but you may experience shortness of breath faster than you would at home because of the lower oxygen levels. Pregnancy women who live in high altitude areas permanently actually experience different fetal growth curves but for a short vacation this is fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on where: Some developing countries have highly developed areas with excellent medical care, beautiful hotels and clean food. Some developed countries have areas with poor water and lack of access to medical care. Speak to your health departement about any shots, etc you may need. The area should have hospitals that can care for you and the baby.Avoid travel anywhere during the last month of the pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What height?: Absolute numbers are uncertain as studies are small. It is actually the altitude a pregnant woman sleeps at which may be most important--certainly below 10, 000 feet, ; some say 8, 000 feet--may be safest for visiting pregnant tourists. Slow ascents are best. If the pregnancy has any complications or concerns at sea level, altitude plans should be discussed first with health provider. ...Read more
Ask your OB: If you are not from a high altitude place it would be better not to vaca at a high altitude place. ...Read more
Is it safe to travel long distance while pregnant? Im 24 weeks pregnant and want to drive from washington to arizona. It will be 1145miles there. Is it safe to take the trip?
A : A woman with a complicated pregnancy may not want to travel too far from the doctors who know her best, but if you and your pregnancy have been healthy, then it's probably ok. You may want to check with your doctor just to be sure. If you make the trip, a few tips to keep you safe are: - drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated! none of us wants to stop the car to pee every hour, but when you are in your second and third trimester, staying hydrated will keep you from having contractions and will help to prevent blood clots. - move around! sitting in the same place for hours can cause you to develop blood clots in your legs - especially when you're pregnant. You are more likely to form clots just from the hormone changes that come with pregnancy and your heavy uterus is sitting on the main veins from your legs causing slowed flow so there's more chance of a clot forming. Since clots often happen in the groins of pregnant women, doing calf exercises while sitting is not enough! (you're going to be stopping constantly anyway to pee from all that water you're drinking, right?) - bring your chart. Have your doc give you a copy of your pregnancy records "just in case" something happens while you are away. That will give the doctors caring for you far away from home a huge advantage to have all of your information. Happy travels and wear your seatbelt! ...Read more
Unsafe vs unallowed: Various air carriers and OB docs have different policies. Some do not like travel after 30 weeks. Others will allow you to fly right up to the last week although that seems a little dicey to me. If you have a complicated pregnancy it is probably wise to listen to your doc. ...Read more
No mosh pit: I assume you are worried about the effect of loud sounds. This will be fine during pregnancy. The baby is well protected. I would make sure you are standing or sitting in a safe area. Stand away from crowds who are pushing and getting wild where you might fall or get knocked around. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Travel to high altitude (above 8000 ft / 2400 m) can be very stressful on both parents and babies. Babies have a limited ability to communicate if they are having difficulty at high altitude. Older children and adults are fatigued, have nausea & headache, and are short of breath. Waiting until the child is able to talk makes monitoring for altitude sickness symptoms easier. Symptoms mean descend. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No relationship : Elevation has no effect on a hernia, however if you are mountaineering, you will likely be far from medical care. If the hernia is painful, you should get it checked out by a doctor before climbing in order to get the best advice. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably OK.: Is it the intensity of sound you are concerned about? If so, i believe the baby is well insulated from the stress of high decibel impact. However, it is hard to know for certain, because few studies have been done. There is a cdc study re: prolonged fetal exposure to high decibel sound in working women but the only negative effects were found in women with the additional risk factor of standing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Traveling while pregnant is common. Determine whether you will have adequate medical care at your destination. Airlines have some limitations on pregnant flyers. Check with your obstetrician and travel medicine specialist for information which specifically applies to you. More importantly, you will need to consider vaccines and medications to keep you healthy while you travel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Whether or not you should fly in pregnancy depends on how far along you are and where you are going. Long plane rides can increase your risk for a blood clot so you should drink plenty of water and walk in the aisle every hour or so. You don't want to risk having the baby away from home so don't travel far during the last month of pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
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