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Travelling While Pregnant

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Travelling is safe as long as you and your baby are healthy. You will want to discuss your travel and activity plans with your health care provider well beforehand and take a few extra precautions. For more information, see: Travelling while Pregnant

Car Travel

  • Wear the diagonal shoulder strap across your chest between your breasts. Wear the lap belt below your belly.
  • With air bags, ensure there is at least 25 cm (9.75 inches) between you and the steering wheel or the dashboard.
  • Build in extra rest stops during long trips.

Long-Distance Travel

  • The safest time in your pregnancy to travel is between 18 and 24 weeks.
  • Know the risks with the destination you will be travelling to. If not low risk, consider delaying the trip or choosing a different destination.
  • Avoid malaria, yellow fever, and Zika virus zones.
  • Check if you are immune to infectious diseases, for example varicella, measles, and pertussis. Not all vaccines can be given during pregnancy. Discuss recommendations with your health care provider.
  • Avoid high-altitude destinations above 3,658 metres (12,000 feet) where oxygen to your baby may be reduced.
  • Check airline/cruise rules before booking your trip. Most restrict travel after 36 weeks.
  • Find out about the medical care available in the country you are visiting in case care is needed.
  • Ensure your travel health insurance covers pregnancy complications, birth, and newborn care and that you have read the fine print!
  • Pack your prenatal vitamins, any medications, a copy of your medical records, and snacks in your purse or carry-on luggage.

While on your Trip

  • Reduce the risk of blood clots in your legs by moving your legs often, staying well hydrated, and wearing support stockings.
  • Drink only safe water. If unsure, opt for sealed bottled water.
  • Prevent traveler’s diarrhea which can be more severe in pregnancy by steering clear of unsafe food and washing your hands often.
  • Protect yourself from insect bites by using repellents with DEET, bed nets. and wearing protective clothing.
  • Keep safe in the sun by covering up. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.


Travelling While Pregnant (Government of Canada)


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