‘Tis the season to book a relaxing vacation or maybe a long weekend to visit family. If you’ve already started planning and packing, take a minute to go over the tips below. Whether you’re traveling near or far this winter, being prepared can help keep you and your baby safe as you travel.
Talk to your health care provider before you go. If you have pregnancy complications, your provider may recommend you limit travel.
If you’re flying, call your airline before your trip. If you’re in your third trimester, check to see if they have a cut-off time for traveling during pregnancy.
If you’re traveling by car, always wear your seat belt. If you’re driving long distances, try not to drive more than 5 to 6 hours per day. Take breaks often and get out of the car to walk around and stretch.
Check your destination for Zika travel advisories. Zika spreads most often through mosquitoes. If you get infected with Zika during pregnancy, you can pass it to your baby. It can cause a birth defect called congenital Zika syndrome and may cause other developmental problems. The CDC has travel alerts posted for Zika-affected areas – check them before you make travel plans.
Don’t forget important items! Print a copy of your medical records, your provider’s phone number and your insurance cards. Also be sure to pack your prenatal vitamins and any medicine you need. Put these in your carry-on luggage or purse.
If you have signs or symptoms such as belly pain or cramps, leg swelling, vaginal bleeding, severe headaches or contractions, contact your health care provider right away. If you are very worried or think its an emergency call 911 or go to the ER. For more tips and information on traveling during pregnancy make sure to read our web article Travel during pregnancy.
From all of us at March of Dimes, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!