Women's Health
Pregnancy and Traveling

​​​Introduction:

Pregnant women often fear travelling, particularly if she is pregnant for the first time. In fact, the fears result from non-compliance with pregnancy safety rules, which include:
  • Prior coordination with your doctor, especially if you have chronic diseases (such as: diabetes and hypertension) or previous abortion or premature birth.
  • Monitor your health condition few days before your trip, and inform the doctor in the event of any complications or emergency.
  • Inform the travel agency about your pregnancy, it is preferable to ask them about the possibility of cancelling or delaying your reservation in case of any complications.
  • Locate obstetrics and gynecology clinics in the place you are visiting. 
  • Avoid traveling for a long distance (more than 5 hours).
  • The best time to travel is the middle of your pregnancy—between week 14 and week 28 (the safest period during pregnancy) and before week 36, to avoid disturbances of mobility as a result of excess weight or complications during the last weeks of pregnancy.
  • Avoid traveling to areas with high risk of diseases (such as: zika and malaria).  
Avoid traveling if you have the following:
  • Eclampsia.
  • Rupture of membranes.
  • Previous early preterm delivery.
  • Pregnant with more than one fetus.
Flight time:
When making sure that traveling is safe for mother and fetus, take with you the following:
  • Some important papers about your condition (such as: medical reports and pregnancy status).
  • Healthy fluids to avoid dehydration during flight.
  • Some medications (such as: pain relievers, hemorrhoid ointment, mosquito ointment) and a first aid kit. It is advisable to have a companion at the time of travel to assist in the event of any complications.
Traveling by plane:
It is one of the most used travel options. Make sure to reserve an aisle seat, and during the flight make some foot and leg exercises to promote your blood circulation, to prevent pain and reduce fluid retention, such as:
  • Raising up your feet.
  • Bend knees and stretch them.
  • Stretch your leg and move your foot in a circular way.
  • Walk around.
Traveling by car:
It is a good means for traveling to nearby destinations (such as: villages and provinces), taking into considerations the following observations:
  • Traveling distance should be as short as possible.
  • Driver should be someone else.
  • Place your seatbelt below your belly and between your breasts. 
  • Stop and go out to walk from time to time.
Traveling by cruise ship:
Before taking a cruise, it is advised to consult your doctor about medications that relieve seasickness. 
Venous thrombosis:
A venous thrombus is a blood clot that forms in the veins of the leg or other parts of the body.  It can breaks off and flows towards the lungs. The risk factors include sitting and not moving for prolonged periods (such as: long traveling during pregnancy), therefore the following steps should be taken to reduce the risk factors:
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Walk and stretch at regular intervals.
Medical care when traveling:
You should identify obstetrics and gynecology clinics and emergency centers in the area of your destination to avoid any complications, and go to them immediately if you have any of the following:
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Pelvis or abdominal pain or contractions.
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Signs of deep vein thrombosis.
 





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