By: Carla Pruitt
(KUTV)Are you hoping to getaway while you are pregnant? Maybe take a babymoon before the baby arrives? Experts say it is safe for most pregnant women to travel – even in the final trimester. But there are a few things you should consider while you are pregnant. First, you should take the trip well before your due date. “The standard recommendation is to limit travel after 36 weeks,” said Dr. Hannele Laine. “And that is the limit for most airline carriers.” In fact, many airlines won’t allow women on the plane if they are past the 36 week mark. You may want to bring a doctor’s note that states your due date, just in case you are asked at the gate. Dr. Laine says the X-Ray machines at the security gate are safe to pass through. If you are not comfortable walking through them, simply tell a TSA agent.
If you are traveling long distances on a plane, or even in a car, Dr. Laine says pregnant women need to walk around. “Probably the biggest risk is that when you are pregnant, you have an increased risk of blood clots. It is small, but measurable. And when you travel and are sedentary for prolonged periods, you have an increased risk for blood clots and when you combine those two, it makes it a bigger risk.”
If you are taking a road trip in a car, Dr. Laine says it is important to wear your seatbelt and use it correctly. “It is important to have the seatbelt low on the hips for the pregnant belly and having the shoulder belt come across the chest and not under your arm.”
The best advice is to discuss all of your travel plans with your doctor. If you are traveling internationally, be sure to visit the Salt Lake County Health Department’s travel clinic. For more information on the travel clinic, visit: http://www.slcohealth.org/services/travelClinic/index.htm
The Baby Center website has additional tips for traveling while you are pregnant. Visit: http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-travel-tips
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