Traveling During Pregnancy
Many women have concerns about traveling while pregnant. In reality, traveling during your pregnancy is fine. Keep in mind that airplane, train, and bus travel can be less tiring for long distances because you are able to get up and move around. When you travel in a car, it is important to wear both a shoulder harness and a lap belt to protect you and the baby in case of an accident. For comfort, fasten the belt as low as possible below the baby.
Sitting for long periods of time may cause leg cramps, discomfort, and fatigue, particularly late in the pregnancy. To keep from getting too tired during a car trip, stop about every two hours to stretch, walk about, and go to the bathroom.
It is a good idea to avoid long trips late in your pregnancy. By staying close to home, your baby can be born where you planned and where your medical history is known. Some airlines may not allow a pregnant woman to fly if she is close to her due date. If you must travel close to your due date, ask your doctor to refer you to a doctor in the area you will be visiting. You may want to request a copy of your medical chart to take with you.
For additional information, visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.