Travel Tips for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the last time (at least for quite a while) you will have a chance to travel by yourself or just with your partner. Planning a trip mid-pregnancy can be a great way to celebrate the occasion of your impending parenthood. But it can also lead to questions about safe travel for the mom-to-be.

If you do not have any complications, travel during pregnancy is typically just fine. The best place to start your planning is to ask your healthcare provider if you have any risk factors that would limit your ability to travel. Let your provider know if you plan to travel by car or by air, as this may make a difference in his or her recommendations.

If you are planning to fly somewhere, consider these travel tips for pregnancy:

  • Most airlines let women fly up to 35 or 36 weeks of pregnancy, but be sure to check before you purchase your tickets. Your destination – domestic or international – might make a difference, too.
  • Avoid nonstop overseas or cross-country flights. These high-altitude flights can increase your heart rate, as well as your baby’s, and cause both of you to receive less oxygen.
  • If swelling has been a problem, wear loose-fitting shoes and clothes. Consider not wearing pantyhose, knee socks or anything with a tight waistline.
  • Find out if a meal will be served, and if there are options for pregnant moms. Bring along nutritious snacks, especially if the flight is long.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your trip.
  • Try to walk as often as you can during your flight, at least every hour. Sometimes just standing up helps your circulation, and your comfort level.
  • Try to get an aisle seat, close to the bathroom – especially important for pregnant moms!

If you are traveling by car (or bus or train), here are some things to consider:

  • Always wear your seatbelt. Seat belts do not increase the risk of injury to you or your baby, but actually protect you both. Wear the lap portion across your hips and under your belly, and the shoulder portion across your chest.
  • If you are in an automobile, move your seat back so you have at least 10 inches between your body and the airbag.
  • If possible, share the driving time with your partner or other travel companion.
  • Stop frequently to stretch and use the restroom. This will help with your circulation, and can keep your back from hurting from long periods of sitting.
  • Dress comfortably. You want clothes that don’t constrict – including socks!

The biggest risk of traveling during pregnancy – and probably your biggest worry – is developing a problem while you’re away from those who know your medical and pregnancy history. It’s common to feel that way, but don’t make it your deciding factor. Take time to plan your trip with pregnancy in mind, be sure you don’t try to do too much while you’re there, and then relax and enjoy yourself!

Zika virus alert: Zika is a virus spread by mosquitos that typically causes a mild and short-lived infection. The Zika virus can, however, cause very serious birth defects if your fetus is exposed. If you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant, health experts recommend postponing any non-essential travel to areas of the world where Zika virus is prevalent. Zika has been found in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, a number of Pacific island countries, and several countries in Africa. In the US, Zika has been found in Florida. If you’re planning to travel to one of these areas, speak with your healthcare provider about the best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby.

Written by Team Health & Parenting

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical doctor. Health & Parenting Ltd disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information, which is provided to you on a general information basis only and not as a substitute for personalized medical advice. All contents copyright © Health & Parenting Ltd 2017. All rights reserved.

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Comments 14

  1. Mahi

    I’m 16 weeks pregnant and feeling completely exhausted as I’m not taking my meals properly everyday infact every time I feel nausea and heartburn (ACIDITY) this is my first baby and my experience is not too good the acidity is such a worse experience I afraid of taking meals cause I vomit lot of times a day I lost my 8kg of weight from first month I’m so worried about my situation any suggestions please

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  4. Jeihan

    Hello mums..

    I’m 17 weeks and 5 days pregnant. my husband and I are planning to visit the parents get on a plane for two hours at 22 weeks. the doctor had permitted and supplies ready. I can’t wait anymore to immediately enjoy the time at home :)

  5. Jenika

    I’m 27+2 now and in two weeks will be taking my first two hour flight on a weeklong vacation with my boyfriend. My doctor approved it, provided I get up to walk once or twice, which I’m sure I will at least to pee! I also approved it with the airlines. Just to be safe I plan to bring my OB records and an approval letter from my dr. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my love as we’ve been so busy working before baby comes and haven’t had much time together. Can’t wait!!! 😀

  6. madeline

    My boyfriend and I went to New York and Miami for vacation from Germany – and it was great! (week 14 – 16) During the long flight I wore compression stockings and drank lots of water. I felt tired afterwards, but perfectly fine. It was great spending that time together, just the two of us. We had this journey planned before this (unexpected) pregnancy and I am really glad we did it. The 2nd trimester is just perfect for this!

  7. laxmi walter

    M 28 week and1day pregnant and m enjoying it….. Right now m not feeling any complications n I m alright

  8. Princess P

    I am 16 week and 3 days pregnant. This is my second trip this year from California to New York , now from California to Chicago to visit family. I’m a low risk pregnancy. I felt a little nervous but that was just me. I fly SWA. ( DRINK LOTS OF H20 ) be comfortable no tight clothes or shoes. I wear dresses a lot of time when I’m on the plane because it prevents my clothes from touching the toilet in the plan. (GERMAPHOB).

  9. Judy

    I’ll have a 5- day trip after 2 weeks. It was planed before noticing the pregnancy. I’m truly looking forward it a lot. Although my parents and my husband are worried because we’ll take the cheap flights and departure times are at the midnight.

    I have made an appointment with my doctor before departure, knowing these tips for traveling is useful, thanks.

  10. Danielle

    Hi,

    I’m 16+3 days pregnant, I have developed really itching skin it’s only the left leg & really irritating, I’ve got patches of red dry skin & dry red sore spots all down the leg….
    This is my third pregnancy & never experienced this before.
    Anyone else had this?

    Thanks

  11. Daniela

    I drove from Germany to Austria , eight hours, at 35weeks splitting the time behind the wheel through three. We planned a lot of stops and brought lots to drink. During the stops I did the exercises for the legs I learned at prenatal classes. Everything was alright. But I wont have done it if I didn’t feel as good as I did then. Good enough to go to town by bike two days prior to delivery. Baby came at 40+6.

  12. Tina

    I’ve been flying since my 5th week ( I am 9 weeks now) I’ve been to China, Greece and planning to go to the UK, Italy and Mauritius. You have to do things you are comfortable with when you’re pregnant otherwise just don’t risk it.

  13. Alina

    I flew from Toronto, Canada to Thailand for a 2.5 week vacation. I left home at 26 weeks and came back at almost 29. We tried to break up the flying time but still My longest flight was 14 hrs long. I felt perfectly fine, well given the situation of course. I wore compression socks, got up every 1.5 – 2 hrs and drank SO MUCH water. I felt great! I’ve had a very simple pregnancy. No morning sickness, no discomforts. I encourage women with low risk pregnancies to go on vacation with your partner and relax. It’s also a really nice way to get some great belly pics :):)

  14. Amy

    I’m currently traveling for work at 25 weeks pregnant. My Dr. is conservative and recommended not traveling past 32 weeks pregnant, due to increased chance of high blood pressure & pre-term labor. Southwest Airlines will let you fly until 38 weeks pregnant. I brought a letter from my Dr. stating my due date, just in case. I also brought my OB medical records.