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Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Traveling While Pregnant (Overview)

Pregnant women who travel should address concerns about how best to keep both mother and baby healthy. Consult with your doctor about destination, mode of travel, and length of travel. Certain preventive measures against infections and blood clots should be discussed. Additionally make a plan in the event you become ill while traveling.


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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. Ralph Wharton
9 doctors shared insights

Traveling While Pregnant (Overview)

Pregnant women who travel should address concerns about how best to keep both mother and baby healthy. Consult with your doctor about destination, mode of travel, and length of travel. Certain preventive measures against infections and blood clots should be discussed. Additionally make a plan in the event you become ill while traveling.


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

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

Pregnant traveler: Women who are pregnant often travel. Talk to your doctor about where you will be going, how long, and how you plan to get there. You will also want to discuss preventing certian infections, blood clots, and what to do if you become ill while away. ...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? Im 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? 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

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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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