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Travel (Domestic)

If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you may travel until the last 4-5 weeks of pregnancy. At that time, it is recommended that you travel no further than approximately one hour from your home. If you have a history of premature deliver or have complications with your pregnancy, please check with your physician or his/her nurse.

  • Car Travel: Small pillows behind your back or neck may help you be more comfortable. Stop at least every one to two hours to walk around and empty your bladder. Drink plenty of fluids while traveling.
  • Air Travel: You may travel on commercial airlines in planes that have a pressurized cabin. Eat lightly to prevent nausea, get up, stretch and walk around every one to two hours. You may want to request an aisle seat. Metal detectors at airports are safe for pregnant women.
  • Bus or Train Travel: Either is fine, although motion sickness can be a problem. After the first trimester, you may take Dramamine or Bonine if you experience nausea.

Travel (Foreign Countries)

Travel to most foreign countries is acceptable in pregnancy.

  • Immunizations: Check with your travel agent to see what immunizations are required and with your physician to see if those immunizations are safe in pregnancy.
  • Medical Facilities: Acquaint yourself with the medical facilities in the countries you will be visiting.
  • Medical Information: It is helpful to have a medical summary of your pregnancy including your lab work.
  • Beverages: Avoid any milk that is not pasteurized. Drink only bottled water unless there is a purified water system present.
  • Food: Stay away from raw or undercooked meat and fish. Try to avoid fresh fruits and vegetables that have been washed in the local water.
  • Clothing: Choose comfortable, loose clothing, good walking shoes and support hose, if needed.

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