Most women can safely travel during pregnancy. With a little extra planning and precaution you should not encounter any problems. Just make sure your caregiver is aware of your travel plans beforehand.
Tips for Safe Vacationing When You Are Pregnant
- The second trimester is the best time to travel.
- Enjoy yourself, but be careful when doing new types of physical activities. Pregnancy changes a woman’s balance and her coordination is not as good. Walking and low-risk physical activities are usually fine to participate in and enjoy.
- Always keep yourself well hydrated during the day, because increased activities can cause dehydration. Dehydration can cause your uterus to contract and may mean a trip to a hospital far from home.
If possible, you should not travel alone.
Tips for Air Travel during Pregnancy
- Air travel is safe for most women up to 34 weeks of pregnancy.
- Each airline has specific rules as it relates to air travel during pregnancy, so check with the carrier beforehand. Some airlines require a letter from your doctor stating how many weeks pregnant you are at the time of your trip.
- Drink plenty of fluids before you leave, and drink more fluids during the flight. Do not drink lots of carbonated beverages, as this can increase the chance of nausea.
- Wear thigh-high support stockings. This will reduce the risk of fluid accumulation in your legs and feet, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the legs.
- Get up and walk around the cabin once every hour.
- Always use your seat belt below your belly when seated.