*Disclaimer: Traveling pregnant, in most cases, is completely safe and can be really enjoyable. However, I am not a doctor. These are simply tips from a travel expert. Please check with your own doctor and realize this post is not true medical advice.*
Assuming you are healthy, there are so many great reasons to travel during a pregnancy. Among a few of my favorite reasons…Who wants to be stuck at home for 9 months? Secondly, when you are visibly pregnant- everyone is so nice and accommodating! I got upgraded on my flights several times, and even my hotel room! Lastly, traveling pregnant is likely the last time you’ll be vacationing without having to worry about that child.
I traveled through both of my pregnancies (of course I did!) and learned so much. Not only are there some guidelines you need to follow, there are also many tips to help the experience go smoothly. Here are some of my best insights into traveling pregnant:
- Check With Your Doctor: I have to start with this one because no tips or recommendations are going to trump this important advice. I’m also a big fan of listening to my doctor when it comes to a pregnancy. Jeopardizing your health or the baby’s is not worth it!
- Airline Rules: Some carriers restrict travel after 28 weeks and others after 36 weeks. Definitely consult your airline for their specific guidelines. And also consider carrying a travel certificate from your doctor stating your due date. I have only been asked for proof once, but I was thankful to have had documentation on hand.
- Security Screening: Although deemed medically safe, TSA does allow you the option to request an alternative screening if you want to avoid the scanning machines.
- Magic Travel Window: If you have the luxury of scheduling your travel for anytime, the most ideal window is between 18-24 weeks. Not only is it the least risky time to travel, but you will also feel the best.
- Move A Lot: Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, it’s important to move around frequently to avoid developing a blood clot. Walk up and down the aisles or stop your car often to stretch your legs.
- Medical Records: It’s always a good idea to obtain your medical records from your doctor prior to traveling. In the event of an emergency, you will be able to provide very easy access to your pregnancy history and make treatment more efficient.
- Water: When you travel it’s always good to drink about double the amount of water that you’d normally consume. But this is particularly important when you are pregnant.
- Activity: Be mindful of overdoing it. Often during a pregnancy you might have a burst of energy. Don’t ruin the rest of your trip by doing too much on the first day.
- Destination Matters: While I’m not typically a worst-case-scenario type of girl, I think it’s wise to consider some “what-if” possibilities when traveling pregnant. I wouldn’t want to be in a remote location or far from excellent medical care if a situation arose.
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