In general you should not be traveling any significant distance beyond 36 weeks gestation. This is because of the risk of going into labour while you are on the plane. Some airlines and travel agents insist on you get a medical certificate stating it is safe to travel. This should not be a problem with domestic flights before 36 weeks.
Before deciding on traveling: • Discuss with me whether there are any special pregnancy considerations in your case that means distance travel should not happen or should cease soon. • Consider the quality of medical facilities that are available where you are going and, if travel by car, on the way. That is in case they are needed. • Accept the possibility that because of a preterm delivery or other pregnancy developments you may be stuck at a remote place for some time. • Check that your travel insurance (if relevant) will cover you for any unexpected pregnancy developments • Consider vaccinations as are relevant and safe. • Take other medications with you that you may need while away overseas. To seek medical support and medications in other countries may be more expensive, confusing and there may not be of the same high standard.
During your travel : • Wear comfortable clothing • Consider wearing antithrombotic stockings in travel (less chance of leg swelling and blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) • Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol completely • If travel by plane get up and walk up and down the aisle regularly. Aisle seat is easier especially to access the toilet and going for a walk. • If by car stop, get out and have a stretch regularly
Travelling with my newborn baby • It is generally considered safe to travel with your baby after your six week postnatal visit • Breast-feeding is best. It is more convenient and there is less risk of infection if your baby is breast fed rather than bottle fed • Check with your GP/ Paediatrician re vaccinations for your baby
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