Most women can travel safely until close to their due dates if they follow a few simple guidelines. Of course, it is always best to discuss your plans with your doctor. This guide is designed to provide you with additional information and tips for safe and pleasant travel.
The most comfortable time for most pregnant women to travel is during the second trimester (14 to 28 weeks of pregnancy). By this time, your body had adjusted to pregnancy and you probably have more energy. Morning sickness is usually no longer a problem and the rate of complications is at its lowest. Toward the end of your pregnancy, it may be more difficult for you to move around and sit comfortably for long periods.
Here are some hints that apply no matter what type of travel you choose:
Flying is generally safe during pregnancy. Airlines in the United States usually allow pregnant women to fly up
to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Late in pregnancy, you may want to limit travel–ask your doctor. Metal detectors
used for airport security checks are not harmful to the fetus. Here are some tips for a comfortable flight:
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