Travel During Pregnancy
In most cases, travel is not ruled out during pregnancy. Travel, either by car or plane, will not cause problems with the pregnancy. However, if a pregnancy complication arises, it is important to have access to medical care. The best time to travel is mid-pregnancy (14 – 28 weeks).
Prior to 14 weeks, nausea, vomiting and fatigue are common. Also, the risk of miscarriage is highest prior to 14 weeks.
After 24 weeks, our baby is “viable.” This means that, in the rare chance your baby is delivered early, it has the potential to survive. Some of this potential depends upon what type of medical care the baby receives. You and your baby may not be able to receive the same medical care in your travel destination (especially if you are traveling outside the United States) as you will receive at Medical City Dallas.
- Most airlines do not allow pregnant women to travel after 35 weeks.
- Most cruise lines do not allow pregnant women to travel with them at any gestational age.
If you plan to travel after 24 weeks, please notify the office. We may recommend (depending on your gestational age and your destination) an examination, sonogram or other testing prior to your departure.
Riding in the car:
When wearing your safety belt, follow these rules:
- Always wear both the lap and shoulder belt.
- Buckle the lap belt low on your hips, below your belly.
- Place the shoulder belt off to the side of your belly and across the center of your chest (between your breasts).