Travel in the Third Trimester

travel in third trimester

Travel in the third trimester can usually be accomplished safely if you’re healthy and not at risk for complications, but be sure to stay close enough to home that if medical assistance is required you can access it immediately.

Make sure to pack anti-nausea medicines, snacks and soft maternity leggings for the flight. Remain hydrated throughout and try sitting up as much as possible in order to minimize swelling and blood clots.

Planning

As long as their healthcare provider gives the okay and they’re not too close to their due date, most pregnant women can travel well into their third trimester without complications. But it is wise to plan in advance, particularly if traveling internationally or domestically; some airlines limit travel after 36 weeks while many cruise lines do not permit travel after 24 weeks.

If you plan on flying, make sure you consult with an ob-gyn or midwife regarding airline policies as well as safe weight gain during pregnancy. It’s advisable to weigh yourself daily as too much weight gain could increase the risk of blood clots and edema during the flight, and packing extra pillows could support back and neck. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for comfort on board the plane while packing extra pillows as extra support during back/neck support; additionally wear supportive shoes like sneakers with good arch support, avoid foods that expand like broccoli/carbonated soda before leaving home if possible!

Research your destination carefully to ensure it offers all of the services and facilities you require for pregnancy care, and obtain digital copies from your healthcare providers of any necessary health records or prenatal charts that might come in handy during your trip. Also bring along copies of your travel insurance and consider adding pregnancy and medical evacuation coverage if appropriate. To prevent germs from infiltrating, it may be beneficial to carry hand sanitizer, face masks and wet wipes along for your journey.

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Preparation

Traveling during your third trimester is generally safe as long as it does not pose serious health complications for either you or the baby. But some precautions should still be taken, including getting clearance from your physician to fly, booking an aisle seat to easily stretch legs whenever necessary, avoiding raw or undercooked meats and fish as well as non-bottled waters or beverages with ice cubes that could potentially cause traveler’s diarrhea, and limiting caffeine and alcohol intake during your flight.

Pregnancy travel should ideally occur between 14 and 28 weeks of gestation, when any nausea and fatigue experienced in the first trimester should have subsided and your risk of miscarriage or preterm labor has decreased substantially. Many doctors advise staying within 300 miles of home in order to lower complications, while many cruise lines prohibit women over 36 weeks from embarking.

Make sure that you bring an accessible digital copy of your prenatal chart, copies of any relevant test results and your maternity insurance card. Your ob-gyn or midwife may ask that you bring along a bag containing all medications and supplements; and due to dilation/effacement of the cervix in third trimester pregnancy you may also be asked to conduct a pelvic exam at this time.

Traveling

Pregnancy travel becomes more complicated as your due date approaches, however if there are no complications present it should still be safe to travel as long as your doctor approves.

Traveling during pregnancy during the second trimester – 14-28 weeks – should be ideal. At this stage, morning sickness should have subsided and miscarriage risk should have reduced. Furthermore, energy levels will likely increase considerably which makes longer journeys easier to endure.

While in this phase of pregnancy, you can still travel internationally without any COVID-19 restrictions imposed upon you by many destinations. Simply be sure to consult your ob-gyn about country-specific rules prior to booking flights or cruises and keep a digital copy of your prenatal chart including details like your gestational age and the dates of your last menstrual period, ultrasounds, blood tests and any other relevant medical records handy at all times.

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If you must travel, choose an aisle seat so you can easily get in and out for bathroom breaks or naps, stay hydrated, wear support stockings to reduce risk of edema and blood clots, exercise during flight such as walking or flexing your ankles to improve circulation, as well as try exercise during your journey such as walking or flexing ankles to aid circulation.

Arriving

When travelling by plane during pregnancy, usually between 14 weeks to 27 weeks is typically the ideal time. Morning sickness should have subsided by this point and you shouldn’t risk miscarriage. Because your growing belly might make bending or sitting for extended periods more challenging, bring along pillows or knee cushions as comfort aids; additionally consider wearing support stockings to reduce edema/clot risks as well as researching hospitals near your destination should an emergency require hospitalization.

If you decide to fly later during your pregnancy, check with your airline and inquire about its restrictions and requirements – these could vary by carrier as well as depending on whether it’s domestic versus international travel. As your due date approaches, more often than not a doctor’s note will be necessary in order to board.

Be sure to pack plenty of hand sanitizer, masks and wet wipes when traveling post-Covid. Pregnancy increases susceptibility to germs so always wash your hands before and after using public restrooms; during flights it helps if you move around regularly (every half hour is ideal). Most airlines permit women with singleton pregnancies up until 36 weeks domestically and earlier for international flights.

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