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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Traveling While Pregnant (Overview)

Is travel by air, sea or land during any stage of pregnancy. In the absence of complications (like pre-term labor, premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia) travel is usually safe until 36 weeks of pregnancy. Check safety of destination (ie. Zika virus, malaria etc.).


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When would it be okay to travel while pregnant?

When would it be okay to travel while pregnant?

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 more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
21 Doctors shared insights

Traveling While Pregnant (Overview)

Is travel by air, sea or land during any stage of pregnancy. In the absence of complications (like pre-term labor, premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia) travel is usually safe until 36 weeks of pregnancy. Check safety of destination (ie. Zika virus, malaria etc.).


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What is the definition or description of: traveling while pregnant?

What is the definition or description of: traveling while pregnant?

Pregnancy Travel: Is travel by air, sea or land during any stage of pregnancy. In the absence of complications (like pre-term labor, premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia) travel is usually safe until 36 weeks of pregnancy. Check safety of destination (ie. Zika virus, malaria etc.). ...Read more

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Is it okay to travel while pregnant? I'm leaving Baltimore Maryland and my mom is driving us to South Carolina I'm not high risk im 32weeks

Is it okay to travel while pregnant? I'm leaving Baltimore Maryland and my mom is driving us to South Carolina I'm not high risk im 32weeks

Yes: If you are healthy without specific pregnancy complications – you can usually travel safely up to 36 wks of pregnancy. Wear your seat belt. The lower belt should be below your abdomen (low on hipbones). The shoulder belt should lie across center of chest & to the side of your abdomen. Avoid excessively long trips & takes breaks to walk & stretch outside. You can stretch legs while your sitting. > ...Read more

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Is it safe to get travel vaccines while pregnant?

Is it safe to get travel vaccines while pregnant?

Depends on vaccine: It is best to consult a travel medicine/infectious disease specialist to see which vaccines are recommended for the area you plan to travel to. Some vaccines contain live organisms and should not be given to pregnant women. ...Read more

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Is it okay to travel long while your pregnant?

Is it okay to travel long while your pregnant?

Risk of DVT: Long travel. Meaning not being able to walk for three or four hours at a stretch is risk for developing blood clots in the leg veins or a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). Therefore if you must have a long journey try to take short walks in between, stay well hydrated. Of course consult with your doctor about flying in late pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel long distance while pregnant? I'm 24 weeks pregnant and want to drive from washington to arizona. It will be 1145miles there. Is it safe to take the trip?

Is it safe to travel long distance while pregnant? I'm 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

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Is it safe to travel to developing countries while pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to developing countries while pregnant?

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 more

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When can you travel when pregnant and how far?

When can you travel when pregnant and how far?

Ask your OB/GYN: Recommendations regarding restricting travel when pregnant vary and depend on many factors including age of the mother, co-morbid conditions and whether the pregnancy is considered high risk. In general, many ob/gyns prefer their patient's do not fly in the third trimester and many airlines will not allow it either. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and had nosebleed while travelling by plane. Is that ok?

I am pregnant and had nosebleed while travelling by plane. Is that ok?

OK: Possibly related, but not a problem. Make sure you stay well hydrated, and consider using a saline nasal spray. Be sure to check with your OB and that your blood pressure is good. ...Read more

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Can I travel in 5-6th week of pregnancy?

Yes: If you are in good health you should be able to. ...Read more

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Can you travel at 7 months pregnant on a plane?

Can you travel at 7 months pregnant on a plane?

Yes: Air travel while pregnant is safe, but stay well-hydrated and get up to walk around every hour or 2 (i advise a aisle seat). The main concern is your going into labor, so some airlines require a note from their doctor if traveling within 1-4 weeks of their due date- see http://www. Babycenter. Com/0_airline-policies-for-pregnant-travelers_6976.Bc? Page=1 for details. ...Read more

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I am pregnant can I travel by plane in 7th month?

I am pregnant can I travel by plane in 7th month?

Yes: If you have no pregnancy complications, you can travel in the us via air until 36 weeks gestation. Check with your airline for their regulations for international travel. ...Read more

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When is the last week a pregnant woman can travel in?

When is the last week a pregnant woman can travel in?

Ask your OB: As your OB knows u and your situation, I tell my pts 32 weeks if absolutely no problmes travel has to be completed by then. ...Read more

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Is it ok to travel without a companion if I am pregnant?

Is it ok to travel without a companion if I am pregnant?

Yes: The answer to this question is really "it depends..." there are so many factors involved at different stages in pregnancy with the presence/absence of other complications, as well as travel mode and destination that you need to discuss your trip plans with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 8 month pregnant, can I travel on turboprop aircraft?

I'm 8 month pregnant, can I travel on turboprop aircraft?

No!: Most airlines require a doctors' note to travel on their airline after 7 months of pregnancy for an emergency flight such as a bereavement (loss of loved one and funeral). The huge risk is premature labor and delivery sometimes in flight for which no airline wants to accept that responsibility for the risks to the mother and infant. ...Read more

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How safe is it to travel if you are pregnant and have malaria?

How safe is it to travel if you are pregnant and have malaria?

Which type of: Malaria? On medications? Severity of symptoms? How far into pregnancy? Travel what distance?
Travel by what mode? There are a lot of variables that come into play - I would consult with your obstetrician who already knows you. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pregnant women to travel by air (long distance)?

Depends: The risk of blood clots is the biggest concern during long flights. Also, potential complications of pregnancy can not be managed during a flight. ...Read more

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Is it okay to travel overseas during the 5 th or 6 th month of pregnancy.

Is it okay to travel overseas during the 5 th or 6 th month of pregnancy.

Depends on variables: Depending on your health and progress to that point, your OB may consider you either well enough to travel or not. Many can. You will want to contact any airline you may plan to use because some have restrictions that you will need to understand and work with, but most would not consider 5-6 mo a problem if you had a doc's note. ...Read more

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I'm 13w2d pregnant. Had 2 misscariages (6w and 7w). can I travel (4 hours in car)?

I'm 13w2d pregnant. Had 2 misscariages (6w and 7w). can I travel (4 hours in car)?

Yes…: It is unlikely that car travel will put you at risk when you are 13w2d gestation. However, at any gestational age it is wise to not sit for prolonged periods of time. You should stop and walk around a little every 1 to 2 hours. ...Read more

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Hi now I am pregnant 35 days. I am planning to go india on feb 10.Is it possible to travel?

Likely yes: It is good to ask about travel once you are pregnant. At this early stage, in general, travel itself including air flight should not cause any problems. However, depending on what part of india, some of the recommended vaccinations may not be appropriate during pregnancy. You can check yourself on the cdc travel site. But best step is to discuss with whomever you are seeing for your pregnancy care. ...Read more

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I m going to travel for long distance 8 h by plane is it dangerous if im pregnant? What could happen?

Mostly would be OK: You probably shouldn't fly if you are at the last month of pregnancy due to potential for going into labor.
There is also the chance for blood clots in the legs which may travel to the lungs.

Recommendations: buckle up seat belt carefully under protuberant abdomen at pelvis., ensure to remain well hydrated, get up and walk around frequently whenever possible. ...Read more

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My wife is in 9th month of her pregnancy and have to travel by air a journey of about 2 hours. Will it be safe?

My wife is in 9th month of her pregnancy and have to travel by air a journey of about 2 hours. Will it be safe?

Obstetrician: She needs to discuss this with her obstetrician to find out if it is safe for her. The safest time to fly is in the middle of a pregnancy. She needs approval from her obstetrician before she flies. ...Read more

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I am currently 2 months pregnant and I would like to know if I can travel to Mozambique for a day, arrive there any precautions I should take?

I am currently 2 months pregnant and I would like to know if I can travel to Mozambique for a day, arrive there any precautions I should take?

Early pregnancy: Travel, every case has its own conditions, if for example you have a history of early pregnancy loss, it wouldn't be advisable to go for long / stressful trips, your obstetrician is the best to answer you taking into consideration duration of flight, type of travel, vaccination (s) / medications needed, for example malaria prophylaxis, time to be spent over there, etc, wish you a healthy pregnancy ...Read more

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I'm 37w pregnant, baby hasn't dropped, no complications, is it okay if I travel by car? It'll only be a 4 hour drive and I'm not the one driving.

I'm 37w pregnant, baby hasn't dropped, no complications, is it okay if I travel by car? It'll only be a 4 hour drive and I'm not the one driving.

Maybe: Everything has a risk and a benefit. You are taking a risk going in a car, but it is good that you are not driving. If you must go, plan ahead for contingencies -- what if you get in an accident? What if you go into labor? Make sure you stay within cell phone reach. Of course it is safer if you stay put, but you may not have that option. ...Read more

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My cousin of 6months pregnant having low line placnta. If she travel about 7 to 8 hrs in train often is there a chance for abortion or any problem?

My cousin of 6months pregnant having low line placnta. If she travel about 7 to 8 hrs in train often is there a chance for abortion or any problem?

Placenta problems: The short answer is yes, there is always a chance of abortion or a problem if you're pregnant. I would not recommend an 8 hour trip for a pregnant woman with this or any other obstetric problem. Low lying' placenta that has it's insertion near the opening of the uterus can cause bleeding and is a big problem during delivery but at 6 months gestation your cousin should not be delivering. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 28 years old, 12 weeks pregnant now. Is it must to take NT scan? Since am living in a remote place. So I can't travel long to take scan.

I am 28 years old, 12 weeks pregnant now. Is it must to take NT scan? Since am living in a remote place. So I can't travel long to take scan.

Do you: Mean an ultrasound test? You don't have to have an early scan but if available it is recommended to get good dating on the pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more

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How safe is air travel during pregnancy?

How safe is air travel during pregnancy?

Any travel is safe: Any travel is generally considered safe during pregnancy, as long as it's not in the last 4 weeks. The main reason travel is not recommended during the last 4 weeks is that the chances of delivery are highest during these weeks, hence delivery would best be where a patient could medical care. Ensure that there is a medical facility nearby wherever you travel. ...Read more

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8 mnth pregnant lady can travel by train or not?

8 mnth pregnant lady can travel by train or not?

Pregnancy Travel: Avoid excessively long trips in late pregnancy. Recommend OB assessment prior to long trips. Have plans in place in case you run into complications. If available use a seat belt. Stretch & walk about at least every 2 to 3 hours. Hydrate well. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Consider wearing compression stockings. ...Read more

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When is the right time to travel abroad during pregnancy?

When is the right time to travel abroad during pregnancy?

Mid-trimester: Usually the safest time is in the middle trimester since that is usually the time when you have the fewest discomforts and can enjoy it the most. The highest risk of miscarriage is in the first 12 weeks and the greatest risk of delivery, premature or at term, is in the last 12 weeks. Enjoy the trip! ...Read more

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When is it unsafe for a pregnant woman to travel by plane?

When is it unsafe for a pregnant woman to travel by plane?

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

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Is it safe to travel by bus (5-7hrs) while pregnant 6 weeks?

Yes: Traveling is safe. Due to the increased risk of blood clots with pregnancy, you should stand and stretch every one and a half to two hours. Stretch your legs and tighten your calves to help move blood from your legs to your pelvis. This can help decrease your risks of getting blood clots. If the bus stops, get out and walk around to help circulate your blood as well. ...Read more

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What can a pregnant lady do to get ready to travel on a flight?

What can a pregnant lady do to get ready to travel on a flight?

Get ready: 1- lot of water and hydration.
2- move a lot in long flights to avoid blood clots and do ankle exercises or wear compression stockings.
3- recommend a lot of rest.
4- try avoid long flights.
5- no travel recommended after 34 weeks pregnant ...Read more

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Which week of pregnancy is the best for traveling by airplanes?

Which week of pregnancy is the best for traveling by airplanes?

Airline rules: Most airlines will allow travel less than 36 weeks. Your doctor may want you to stop travel earlier than that. Travel increases the risk of blood clot formation in the legs. ...Read more

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I am 3 months 2 week pregnant is it safe for me to travel by plane?

Yes: Hopefully you are out of the nausea and vomiting period (if you had that). But you can fly with no risk to yourself or the developing baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to travel while pregnancy? I'm 5 weeks I'm going to travel on week 7?

Is it okay to travel while pregnancy? I'm 5 weeks I'm going to travel on week 7?

It depends: It depends on whether or not you are experiencing vaginal bleeding or not. Pregnancy and bleeding requires that you are either on bedrest or near a hospital or other medical facility. By the way, you should be setting up an appointment for OB care if you intend to take this pregnancy to delivery so that you can ask the treating OB MD these types of questions. ...Read more

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Will Orlando FL be safe for pregnant woman to travel to in December because of Zika?

Will Orlando FL be safe for pregnant woman to travel to in December because of Zika?

Most likely yes: The only areas of Florida where Zika is carried by the local mosquitoes are two areas of Miami-Dade County. The Zika carrying mosquitoes have not been found as north as Orlando. Remember, however, that this is a fluid situation. You should be okay in Orlando. You can always stay up to date on further developments at the webpage: www. Cdc. Gov ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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