The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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As your baby bump grows and grows with your pregnancy, we're sure this question is going to cross your mind: Should I continue wearing my seat belt. In short: Yes, always!
An estimated 800 fetuses die each year in the United States when their mothers are involved in vehicle accidents, according to federal statistics. That's eight times as many babies and children up to age 4 who are killed in crashes.
Can you travel safely during pregnancy? That’s what Jeremy wants to know. He and his wife are planning a trip to Greece when she’s 33-weeks pregnant. It’s their first baby, conceived with IVF (in vitro fertilization), and she’s healthy. Jeremy read last year’s post about travel during pregnancy but wants to know if it’s safe for his wife. I can answer this with two words – Yes! Probably!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.