There are a few things you can do to make sure your trip is safe and comfortable:
• Schedule a checkup with your gynecologist (ob-gyn) before you leave.
• Know your estimated due date. If you have a problem while you are traveling, your caregivers will need to know how far along you are in your pregnancy.
• Plan to bring any over-the-counter medications that you may need, such as pain relievers, hemorrhoid ointment, a first aid kit, and prenatal vitamins. Also bring any prescribed medications.
• Check that you are up to date with your vaccines.
• Think about how long it will take to get to your final destination. The fastest way often is the best.
• Make your travel plans easy to change. Consider buying travel insurance to cover tickets and deposits that cannot be refunded.
What is deep vein thrombosis (DTV) and why is it a concern for pregnant travelers?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the veins in the legs or other areas of the body. DVT can lead to a dangerous condition in which the clot travels to the lungs. Sitting or not moving for long periods of time, such as during long-distance travel, can increase the risk of DVT. Pregnancy further increases the risk of DVT. If you are planning a long trip, take the following steps to reduce your risk of DVT:
• Drink lots of fluids.
• Wear loose-fitting clothing.
• Walk and stretch at regular intervals. For example, when traveling by car, make frequent stops to get out and stretch your legs.