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Travel during pregnancy generally is safe if you're healthy and not at risk for problems. The safest time to travel is between 14 and 28 weeks, when your risks for miscarriage and early labor are lowest. Check with your doctor before you travel. Ask your doctor which vaccines you may need before traveling.
You will probably be able to travel by car throughout your pregnancy if you're having no problems. But talk to your doctor or midwife before you take any long car trips.
This helps increase the blood circulation in your legs and reduce bladder pressure.
A good time to fly during pregnancy is between 14 and 28 weeks. Morning sickness has usually improved by this time, and you can still move around easily. The risk of miscarriage or preterm labor is also lower during your second trimester.
Some airlines restrict flying during the third trimester.
Some airlines ask to see this information.
This will make it easier to move around the plane.
Keep your seat belt fastened as much as possible in case of turbulence.
This will increase blood circulation in your legs.
The amount of cosmic radiation that's considered safe during pregnancy is 1 millisievert (mSv).footnote 1 An occasional airline flight doesn't pose a risk. But you could get more than this amount if you fly often on business or as an airline employee. Be sure to talk about your risk with your doctor or midwife.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2018). Air travel during pregnancy. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 746. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 132(2): e533-e534. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002758. Accessed November 4, 2020.
Current as of:
February 23, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineW. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Current as of: February 23, 2022
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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