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Travel during pregnancy: What to know before you go

By Mary M. Murry, R.N., C.N.M. May 7, 2013

It's a mobile world. Add pregnancy to the mix and travel of any type can become even more adventuresome.

Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, be sure to check with your obstetric provider ahead of time. If you have a healthy pregnancy, you'll likely to be able to travel far and wide. Be sure to follow any limitations or restrictions you might be given, though.

When you have the OK to travel during pregnancy, there's plenty you can do to stay comfortable.

When traveling by car:

  • Drink plenty of water. I'm always preaching about water, and here I go again. Drink up!
  • Plan frequent breaks. During my first pregnancy, I found all the rest stops between Memphis and Cincinnati. Even if you don't need to use the restroom, taking time to walk around can help you feel your best.
  • Be prepared for carsickness. Even if you've never been carsick, you might need to keep a basin handy.
  • Pack your pillow. If you're lucky enough to be the passenger, recline your seat and take time to snooze. Car travel might be a sure way to lull you to sleep.

When traveling by plane, you'll face special challenges. First, find out the airline's policy on travel during pregnancy — just to make sure you'll be allowed to fly. To minimize swelling in your feet and ankles, take occasional walks up and down the aisle or to the impossibly small airplane restroom. When you're seated, flex and extend your ankles often. 

If you're traveling near the end of pregnancy, consider packing a copy of your prenatal records. You'll be able to easily share the information with a local health care provider, in case anything happens while you're away from home.

What are your pregnancy travel stories? Have you planned a babymoon? Please share!

May 07, 2013