By Jenilee Matz, M.P.H., Staff Writer, myOptumHealth
With your passports renewed and flights booked, you're ready to take that dream vacation you've been planning for years. Or, perhaps you have a far-flung client that needs "on-site" attention. But something unexpected has put a kink in your travel plans: You're pregnant.
If you are healthy and have a normal pregnancy, there's likely no need to cancel your plans, but talk to your doctor first and keep these tips in mind.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, or other health conditions, your doctor will have more specific advice for you.
Where can I go?
Let your doctor know when and where you plan to travel, especially if you're going out of the country. Your doctor can tell you if it's safe for you to go, and if there are any areas to avoid. Your doctor may suggest that you:
When is it safe to travel?
You might find the most comfortable time to travel is during the middle of your pregnancy. During the second trimester, you may feel the most comfortable and energetic. In the first trimester, you may be battling morning sickness and may not feel up to seeing the sights. During the last third of pregnancy, you may feel uncomfortable and tired. And you're at a higher risk for preterm labor during the final trimester.
How should I get there?
Whether you're traveling by air, land or sea, there are some precautions you should always take:
Tips for each mode of transportation include:
By train or bus
Before you leave
Careful planning may help prevent bumps in the road during your travels:
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