Most of the time, it is fine to travel while pregnant. As long as you are comfortable and safe, you should be able to travel. Still, talk to your doctor if you are planning a trip.
When you travel, you should:
Do NOT take over-the-counter medicines or any non-prescribed medications without talking to your doctor. This includes medication for motion sickness or bowel problems.
Talk to your doctor if you are planning a trip out of the country. Plan ahead to allow time for any shots or medications you may need. When you travel, take a copy of your prenatal care record with you.
Traveling to high altitudes, like the mountains, may cause problems during pregnancy. Higher altitudes have lower air pressures and less oxygen. Your body and the baby will have to adjust.
It’s best to let your body adjust to moderate altitudes (6,000 - 8,000 feet) for a few days. Once you adjust, it is safer to go to altitudes above 8,000 feet.
Women with complicated pregnancies may want to avoid all travel to high altitudes.
Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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