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Travelling during pregnancy

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How to stay safe and comfortable while travelling and pregnant

Most people who are expecting a baby can travel safely when taking the right precautions and preparations before leaving. It is always important to consult your doctor or midwife before you plan a trip to ensure the safety of you and your baby. Once advice has been given, you can begin to make arrangements that will make your journey as comfortable as possible. Here are our tips on the best way to travel during pregnancy.

Please be advised that only essential travel is permitted at the moment during the coronavirus pandemic.

How far into pregnancy is it safe to travel?

It is usually safe to travel well into your pregnancy. Many find that the best time to travel is during your second trimester (weeks 18-24) as the nausea subsides and before it is too tiring in the later stages. Most airlines will not let you fly after week 37 of pregnancy or week 32 if you’re pregnant with twins or multiple babies as your chances of going into labour are high.

Where can I travel during the coronavirus pandemic?

Long distance travel (more than four hours) is not recommended for those who are pregnant due to the discomfort it may cause. However, if you do decide to travel long distance, make sure you move regularly.

The Canadian government’s travel advisories page has up-to-date information on where it is safe to travel at the moment. With the ongoing pandemic, it is only recommended that you travel if it is essential.

What are the risks of traveling during the pandemic if I am pregnant?

Your immune system is lowered during pregnancy, so you may be more susceptible to contracting diseases. This is especially important now during the coronavirus pandemic.

During pregnancy you may be more susceptible to deep vein thrombosis during long distance flights (more than four hours). Make sure to move every 30 minutes or so and wear compression socks to reduce swelling.

What should I bring with me when traveling during pregnancy?

Have these items easily accessible while you travel:

  • Water to keep hydrated
  • Snacks to help with fatigue and dizziness
  • A letter from your midwife or doctor - many airlines insist seeing this document before they will let you fly
  • Any prescribed medication – read our blogpost on traveling with medicationsfor more advice
  • Maternity notes in case of medical emergency
  • Pillows or anything else that will make you more comfortable
What should I do to prepare before I travel during pregnancy?

Find out what healthcare facilities are at your destination, just in case you need emergency care or any sort of medical support. Take your maternity notes with you so you can hand over the relevant information if needed.

Make sure your travel insurance covers you for pregnancy-related medical situations.

Can I get vaccinated when pregnant?

Some vaccines are not recommended when pregnant so check with your doctor or midwife. If you need to be vaccinated for a trip, make sure to book an appointment with a travel health nurse 6-8 weeks before travelling.

I’m looking for a travel clinic in Vancouver

Look no further than Canadian Travel Clinics if you need travel vaccinations in Vancouver. We can offer evening and early morning appointments for your convenience. Book online now.