consult your doctor

Always consult your doctor before traveling a long distance, especially when visiting foreign countries. Vaccinations may be necessary to travel to some foreign places. These vaccinations may or may not be appropriate to take when you are pregnant.

Pregnant travel may not be recommended if you or your baby have any high risk problems. We recommend staying home after 36 weeks to all of our patients.

If you are flying while pregnant, ask about their policies for pregnant women. You may need a doctor's written approval when traveling in late pregnancy.

  • Always carry a copy of your prenatal records when traveling.
  • Always wear your seat belt properly.
  • Walk often to help circulation in your legs. If you have leg cramps or varicose veins you may want to wear support stockings.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy snacks.
  • Avoid salty foods that may increase swelling.
  • Go to the bathroom frequently to prevent urinary tract infections and constipation.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that is not tight around your abdomen and legs.