Travel Warnings and Tips for Pregnant Women

If you decide to vacation, visit old friends, or must travel for work, pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from flying or driving to your destination. As long as you are having a normal pregnancy and you have gotten the OK from Women’s Health Partners, travel is generally approved and safe, but there are some caveats.

When It’s Best to Travel

Most medical professionals will recommend the second trimester (14 – 27 weeks) as the best time to travel. The first three months are notorious for nausea and all manner of morning sickness. In addition, during the second trimester, common health issues or emergencies are at their lowest. After that, complications can be more of a risk.

Double Check with Women’s Health Partners Before Traveling

Your physician will consider how long the flight or journey by car will take. If there is any chance of preterm delivery, they will caution you about going.

Move Around

pregnant woman waiting for airplane

If you are flying, get up and walk the aisle whenever possible. Flex your ankles and point your toes occasionally. If traveling by car, stop for frequent bathroom breaks and to stretch at rest areas. This will promote good circulation throughout the body.

Use Common Sense

Don’t expect to do certain activities you could do before becoming pregnant. Things like scuba diving, water skiing, hot tubs, and amusement park rides are all on the risky list. Always check with Women’s Health Partners when in doubt.

Other Considerations

While we have covered several of the most commonly asked questions about travel during pregnancy, there are a few extra things to be aware of when gearing up for a trip:

  • Be sure to buckle your seat belt whether traveling by airplane or automobile. Keep the seat belt under your abdomen.
  • Drink lots of fluids while flying to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid foods that will promote gas and make you uncomfortable like carbonated drinks..
  • Secure a seat on the aisle so moving to the restroom will be less problematic.
  • Carry healthy snacks.
  • Wear compression stockings if you will be sitting for an extended time.

Compile and Bring a Medical File

In case of an emergency, it is always best to have a medical file for travel. Your allergies, medical conditions, and other pertinent information should be readily available should there be a need for immediate treatment.

Check Your Health Insurance Plan

Determine if you are prepared for an emergency while pregnant and traveling. Are you covered for a medical evacuation if you must be flown home for care? This is an important question to ask your insurance provider!

Ask for Help If You Need It

If you are feeling fatigued, get a wheelchair or electric cart to take you to baggage claim or ground transportation at an airport. Ask for help when putting a carry-on bag in the upper compartment. You are probably perfectly capable of doing it on your own, but save yourself the hassle here and avoid a potential injury.

Once you get the green light to travel, adhere to the travel warnings and tips for pregnant women, and have fun! Contact Women’s Health Partners if you are planning a trip during your pregnancy, and be sure to ask plenty of questions so that you clearly understand the dos and don’ts of this process.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our Boca Raton, FL office at (561) 368-3775 or our Boynton Beach, FL office at (561) 734-5710.

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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