Travel During Pregnancy

Is it safe to travel during pregnancy?

Most of the time, it is fine to travel during pregnancy for women who have healthy pregnancies. But it’s best to talk to your health care provider before you fly.

If you are considered of high risk or you are at risk of preterm labor, your health care provider might restrict you to travel. And normally, your health care provider might not suggest you to travel before 14wks or after 36wks. In general, air travel does not increase the risk for miscarriage or preterm labor. However, if complications happen during your air travel, it may complicate the whole situation. Talk to your doctor for advice on your air travel.

What time is safe to travel during pregnancy?

It varies. Because the safe travel time depends on the flight distance and your health condition. General idea is that it’s safer to travel short distance between week 14 and 36 weeks. For long distance travel, each airline may have their policies. You can get advice from your doctor about the best travel time for you.

What should I prepare for travel or what should I do during travel?

  • Check the airline’s policy about air travel during pregnancy.

Some airline may need your provide a fly certificate from your doctor to indicate your health condition during pregnancy.

  • Vaccinations 

Talk with your doctors if there is any requirement of vaccinations for your travels, such as typhoid or flu shots.

  • Preparing suitable stockings for a long flight

Those special stockings are able to prevent varix. It will help you to decrease the risk for blood clots in your legs.

  • Choose your seat carefully.

An aisle seat will be much more space and comfort. Upgrade flight seating if possible.

During the trip, fasten the lap belt under your abdomen.

If possible, take occasional walks up and down the aisle. If you must remain seated, flex and extend your ankles often.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try to choose loose clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Bring a copy of your medical records
  • For your partner, it’s better not to take long distance trips after 36 weeks of pregnancy
  • Postpone or avoid travel if risks outweigh benefits

You can discuss this with your health care provider and your family.

In what kind of situation I should avoid travel?

If there is any symptom of the flowing, you should discuss with your health care provider who may not suggest you to travel.

  • Placenta problem

If there is any symptom of placental abruption, placenta previa, or other placental abnormality, you should not travel.

  • Active or premature labor
  • Suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Multiple gestation
  • Toxemia history
  • History of miscarriage

During your travels, if you experience discomfort like chest pain, shortness of breath, bleeding or other symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.