Tips on Traveling While Pregnant

Pregnant woman with a suitcase and a bag is going to vacationTraveling can be a little stressful, and the stress is only intensified if you’re traveling while pregnant. Whether you’re traveling for a summer vacation or work, it’s important to keep your comfort and health in mind. Here are a few tips for traveling during pregnancy:

1. Focus on Time

Traveling, especially by plane, is all about timing. If possible, schedule trips between weeks 20 and 30 and avoid traveling after 38 weeks of pregnancy. Before purchasing a ticket, it’s also important to check the airline’s pregnancy flyer policy. While some don’t have specific rules for pregnant flyers, others have restrictions and rules.

2. Consult your OBGYN specialist before traveling

Review any medical concerns with your OBGYN or midwife before traveling. They’ll make you aware of any signs or symptoms to look out for. If you’re high risk, your physician may put more restrictions on your traveling.

3. Pack all essentials in your carry on bag.

We’ve all been in the situation where you land and your luggage is no where to be found. During pregnancy, it’s important to pack everything you need in your carry on bag, such as prenatal vitamins, a list of names and phone numbers in case of emergency and a prenatal chart if you’re in your third trimester.

4. Avoid Advanced Imaging Technology Scanners (AIT)

The new scanners that scan the entire body can cause harm to pregnant women. Ask the security administration agent for a pat down instead.

5. Don’t lift your bags

Avoid all heavy lifting while traveling, which includes lifting luggage. Ask for help from the people you are traveling with or from airport security so you don’t cause any harm to you or your baby.

 

 

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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