Pregnancy Travel Restrictions for a Happy and Safe Journey

If you are pregnant, then traveling can become cumbersome and you may have several restrictions. Of course, a lot depends upon the kind of pregnancy you have i.e. high-risk, any complications etc as well as upon the trimester you are in.

Of course, there will be travel restrictions during pregnancy. If you are traveling by air, then there will be travel restrictions during pregnancy.

Air Travel During Pregnancy

Women are often uncertain about flying during pregnancy.


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Safety is the main concern - whether it will harm the unborn baby, will it induce premature labor, what if there is an emergency. These are some of the questions that often plague would-be mothers.

There are restrictions about who can fly and when it isn't recommended to fly, if you are pregnant. Women in healthy pregnancies can travel by air as and when they want to. However, doctors often recommend that women should not travel by air after the 36th week of pregnancy.

Airlines have certain restrictions for pregnant women, and this might vary depending upon whether the airline is a domestic one or an international one. A few flights do not let pregnant women travel 30 days before their delivery date, and others will restrict you from flying if you are a week away from your delivery date. Also pregnant women who have complications are considered in the high-risk bracket and aren't allowed to travel by air. These include pregnant women with hypertension, placental abnormalities, sickle cell disease and diabetes or women who are at a risk of getting premature labor.

If you are pregnant and plan to travel, we suggest that you discuss your plans with your doctor before embarking on your journey.

You can also get a doctor's note which states that it's fine for you to travel.

It is generally fine to travel in the early stages of pregnancy. However, you may be concerned about pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and if air travel will make it worse. Circulation problems may happen if you are pregnant and flying by air. So, to prevent that, you must wear loose, comfortable clothes; wear compression stockings; don't cross your legs; and, drink a lot of water and fluids.

Pregnancy Traveling Tips

Whether you plan to travel by car, train or plane, here are some tips to get you going.

  • Speak with your health care provider.
  • Check your prenatal test schedule.
  • Keep your health information and medical records handy.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected.
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