Pregnancy travel should generally be safe up until around the third trimester; however, health complications and premature delivery risk increase significantly after this point.
At this stage, your baby continues to flourish and develop and you may reach full term by week 40.
1. Stay close to your doctors
Pregnancy can be a long journey, so keeping in close contact with your doctors for medical emergencies is paramount. When traveling abroad or domestically, make sure you carry with you copies of your prenatal chart and medical history; additionally it might be wise to carry with you a letter from them which includes the date of your due date as a safeguard.
Travel during the second trimester (14-27 weeks gestation) is generally recommended as it allows women to avoid feeling nauseated or fatigued from morning sickness and has significantly decreased miscarriage risks.
However, most OB-GYNs and midwives will recommend that pregnant women travel within 300 miles of home during this final trimester in order to reduce risks such as high blood pressure, phlebitis, false or preterm labor as well as preeclampsia/premature rupture of membranes complications. It’s always wise to discuss individual circumstances with an obstetrician first.
2. Don’t overdo it
Pregnancy can be exhausting when traveling, especially during the second trimester when nausea and fatigue from the first trimester have subsided and you aren’t too far along in the third. If necessary, seek medical clearance for any flights after 28 weeks gestation; additionally flex and stretch every half-hour or so to boost circulation; bring plenty of hand sanitizer and wet wipes as precautionary measures against germs; request aisle seating when possible and try walking every 30 minutes or so while using wet wipes as precautionary measures against germs!
4. Don’t be afraid to be impulsive
At times, traveling while pregnant can leave us feeling overexcited and lead us down paths that could leave us regretful in later years. When this occurs, it is essential to practice calming techniques as soon as you notice yourself becoming over-excited; one such strategy would be checking in with yourself prior to making a rash decision and thinking through motivations before acting; or you may try mindfulness which is the practice of simply being aware of one’s thoughts and emotions without judgment or bias.
At 14-28 weeks gestation, it is generally safest to travel during your second trimester of pregnancy, when morning sickness and fatigue should have subsided and your risk of miscarriage should have reduced considerably. Furthermore, this period tends to be easier on both expectant mothers and partners, so many couples take their “babymoon” during this time frame. When flying choose an aisle seat so you can easily stretch out your legs whenever necessary. If flying later into your third trimester causes concerns ask your physician or airline about any specific cutoff dates regarding when it is safes safe to fly safely if concerned about flying late – they should have specific cutoff dates that limit when it is safes to fly safely.
5. Don’t be afraid to accept the kindness of strangers
Traveling while pregnant? People will likely be generous with their kindness, offering to take you first in line or carry your luggage – don’t be intimidated to accept such offers of help and kindness! Don’t be embarrassed about accepting help!
Some airlines impose strict restrictions on when and how late pregnant passengers may travel, with international flights often stopping earlier still. Contact your airline and inquire as to their guidelines regarding pregnancies; additionally, bring proof from your physician that it’s okay to travel.
The second trimester of pregnancy can often be the optimal time for travel for expectant mothers, when most don’t feel as sick or exhausted and energy levels remain strong. That is why couples planning a “babymoon” (one last trip before baby arrives) often choose this period; McKinney-Kirk suggests packing a snack bag just in case hunger arises while traveling during this stage.