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Pregnancy Travel

Safe Travels

 

Vacation season is here, but traveling while pregnant can be exhausting and uncomfortable. To smooth your way, here are tips from Virginia R. Lupo, M.D., chairwoman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Flight Plan
Fly when it’s safest and most comfortable (weeks 14–28), though you’re generally cleared for takeoff until your eighth month. You don’t want to go into labor in mid-air.

Travel During Pregnancy

I've been out of touch with readers' questions this past month because I've been so absorbed traveling and writing about my trip to Peru with CARE. I still have the travel bug though, so I thought I'd start back to normal blogging by writing about travel during pregnancy. Kelsey wrote and wonders if it will be safe to fly from Texas to New York when she's eight months pregnant. She's four months along now and feels fine but wonders what's safe.

The Plane Truth

I was five months pregnant when my husband and I celebrated our last days as an unencumbered couple with a trip to London. Unfortunately, the flight home, which was bookended by two long and bumpy taxi rides, left me nauseated and exhausted ... and spotting. I called my midwife in a panic. After reassuring me that my symptoms didn’t seem serious—and they weren’t—she prescribed several days of rest and advised that I forgo traveling for the rest of my pregnancy.

Stop the Madness

Even under the best of circumstances, the holidays can be notoriously nerve-wracking. Add pregnancy or new motherhood to the mix, and the activities that are supposed to make the season warm and fun can simply turn into sources of more pressure.

Air Travel

Air-Travel

Probably not. One concern with air travel is exposure to solar radiation, as excessive amounts of any type of radiation may put a fetus at increased risk for childhood cancers. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that such risks from "casual" air travel under normal solar conditions are negligible.