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Is it safe to travel during pregnancy?

Usually, travel is no risk to you or your baby if you follow certain guidelines, such as making sure you take breaks to walk around at least every two hours on long trips to keep your circulation moving. You shouldn’t plan to travel long distances without the advice and permission from your doctor.
Jenny K. Lee, MD
Internal Medicine
Women in their later stages of pregnancy should not travel far away from home, and most airlines limit travel for those in their third trimester. The best time to travel is during the second trimester, and it is smart to avoid traveling to high-altitude areas and countries where there is a greater risk of life-threatening diseases spread by food and insects.
Usually, travel is no risk to you or your baby if you follow certain guidelines, such as making sure you take breaks to walk around at least every two hours on long trips to keep your circulation moving. You shouldn’t plan to travel long distances from home during the last four to six weeks of your pregnancy. If you are having twins, are bleeding, or have pregnancy-related high blood pressure, restrict your travel earlier. If you experience any complications with your pregnancy, it may be best not to travel at all. If an emergency arises and you must travel during the last four to six weeks of your pregnancy, ask your doctor for advice.

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