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Traveling While Pregnant – What Parents NEED to Know

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Traveling While Pregnant - What Parents NEED to KnowTraveling while pregnant is typically safe, but there are some things parents need to know according to medical pros. Getting on a plane while pregnant or even taking a road trip requires some prep work on the soon-to-be parents part. Are you traveling while pregnant, Robyn did it many times? Here’s what you need to know!

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High Risk History

With any pregnancy, there are possibilities of high risk situations and complications. A previous history of complications or instances of pre-term labor are no-gos when it comes to travel plans. Always speak with your doctor, but be prepared to hear a resounding NO when it comes to traveling if you have had a history of complications or concerns.

Timing

Most doctors agree, generally speaking, travel is typically safe during your pregnancy but timing is key. Paige Long Sharps, MD, an ob-gyn at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City told Parents magazine that the traveling “sweet spot” is between 14 and 28 weeks during your pregnancy. This time frame should be the time you’re past the morning sickness, but not yet hit the backaches and discomfort of a growing baby bump. In most situations, 36 weeks is usually when docs will want you to stay grounded from plane rides.

Multiples

If you’re pregnant with twins or multiples, most physicians will be more concerned with travel. While it is typically still OK to venture out, the window time frames may be different for your babies.

Airline Policies

Don’t forget that some airlines can be picky! Some carriers may require a doctor’s note stating you have been deemed safe to fly. Each line is different, so make sure you call ahead to find out if they have a specific policy regarding travel during your pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Prep for Flights

Even if it isn’t a long flight, do some pregnancy prep. Nab a seat close to the bathrooms and give yourself some extra legroom if possible. Don’t forget to pack some necessities like Tylenol and doctor-approved meds like Dramamine to prevent motion sickness.

Keep Moving

To keep blood circulating and prevent aches and pains, try pointing and flexing your feet in intervals during long periods of sitting. Three sets of ten flexes for each hour you’re sitting should do the trick. Allow plenty of time for bathroom breaks and rest stops during road trips. Always get out of the car and move around during any stop for gas or a break.

Do you have any tips or advice for traveling while pregnant? Share what you think fellow parents need to know in the comment section below.

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13 Comments

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    This is great information! When I was pregnant the first time, I was horrified of traveling while I was pregnant. Luckily, my doctor helped me calm down and gave me the info I needed.

  2. Bill Sweeney says

    This is excellent information. Our doctor told us that traveling while my wife was pregnant wasn’t overly dangerous, but we did have to take certain precautions.

  3. Jeanine says

    Great to know! Im 12 weeks right now with #8 and while I have no plans to travel right now I don’t know if/when the time will come!

  4. Pam says

    I never flew while pregnant, but I did travel a bit. It’s safer than most people think it is.

  5. Carol Cassara says

    I think those are really good tips for parents who are expecting a baby but also wants to travel. It’s always important to ask your doctor about it!

  6. Kristin says

    This is really great. When you’re expecting you can never do too much to prepare.

  7. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says

    Honestly, I have never tried traveling while I’m pregnant. I think there are some important factors to consider. If a mother can handle it, then that’s really amazing!

  8. Catherine Sargent says

    These are really great tips. Making sure we stopped so I could stretch and walk was the key when I was pregnant and we traveled.

  9. Theresa says

    I imagine that traveling while pregnant can be very stressful. These are so wonderful tips to help make the trip a lot easier!

  10. Crystal says

    Great advice for mamas-on-the-go. I wouldn’t want to miss out on travel, as long as it were safe for baby.

  11. brianne says

    This is great advice. I so wish this was around when i was pregnant. I was so nervous to travel!

  12. Our Family World says

    These are great tips! Being pregnant should nor prevent you from traveling unless of course, there is a contraindication to do so. I love how helpful this article is. I am sharing it with friends and family.

  13. Kiwi says

    This is great info for pregnant women traveling. I havent gotten to this point in life yet for me still a single girl traveling!

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