Pregnant couple reading Travel magazineSo, you want to travel during pregnancy? It’s okay but there are some things to consider that may affect the timing for your trip and how you make your getaway.

In the first trimester you’re probably dealing with morning sickness and it’s also when you are at the greatest risk of miscarriage. This is why many women choose to not travel early in a pregnancy.

The third trimester can also be a bad time because of fatigue and concerns about what might happen if your baby arrives early. Many airlines won’t allow you to fly within four weeks of your due date or will require written approval from your doctor.

Take your medical records with you if you travel in the third trimester. Should you go into labor and can’t make it home to your doctor, those records can help another medical team get up to speed quickly.

If the beginning and end of a pregnancy aren’t recommended, that leaves the second trimester as the optimal time for traveling. But what’s the best way to get away?

Driving may be the easiest choice but sitting for extended periods in a car or on a plane can cause dangerous blood clots. When you’re traveling by car you should plan more stops for bathroom breaks and to stretch your legs. If you’re flying, you’ll want to have an aisle seat that makes it easier to get to the bathroom or stand up to take a short walk.

If you’re planning a cruise check to see if medical care is available for you on the ship and at ports of call. When traveling internationally be aware of the risks of contaminated food or water. Avoid local fruits and vegetables and stick to drinking bottled water.

Always talk to your doctor before planning a trip during pregnancy. They can help you work through the details and provide guidance on the best time for you and your baby to travel.

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