Flying in the Third Trimester
TRAVEL DURING PREGNANCY
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|When Is The Safest Time To Travel?
Never again will it be so easy to travel with your baby! The second trimester of pregnancy is usually the safest period to travel when you are pregnant. Statistically the risk of miscarriage is slightly higher in the first trimester and the risk of pregnancy complications increases in the last. Additionally, the second trimester tends to be a more comfortable time to travel because many of the pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue have subsided, and the pregnancy has 'settled'. That said, assuming you have experienced no complications in your pregnancy to date, any time up until the last half of the third trimester is considered relatively safe for travel.
Opinions vary on last trimester travel, however most OB/GYNS will advise against flying after week 36 of pregnancy. Many airlines in fact will not allow you to fly after this for fear you may give birth on board. This limit drops to about 28 weeks if you have experienced problems either with this or previous pregnancies or if you are carrying twins/multiples. It is sensible to avoid travel in the last half of the third trimester. The normal risks of complications do increase and you may find yourself stranded in a country without adequate medical care (or insurance cover). Travel in the earlier part of the third trimester will more likely depend on the type of pregnancy you have been experiencing - the more straight forward the experience, the more likely your doctor will give you the green light.
Pregnant women tend to be categorized as 'high risk' when it comes to insurance companies. So if you are planning on traveling while expecting, particularly overseas, it is worth checking the fine print of your travel or medical insurance. Most insurance corporations will not cover travelers after week 28 of pregnancy, regardless of how complications-free a pregnancy is up until that point. In fact, some insurance policies do not even cover pregnancy related complications if they happen while abroad. If you have an existing policy, do be sure to contact your insurer to let them know that you are pregnant, and ask what the policy covers (and check if the country you are traveling to is included).
Add pregnancy to the usual effects of jet lag, and you may start to feel exhausted before you even go on your trip! Here are a few tips on how to minimize the draining effects on your body while traveling:
Switching Time Zones
Switch to Local Time on Arrival
Avoid Jet Lag Medications
For more do's and don'ts, check out our pregnancy tips page.
It is not your imagination, mosquitoes do prefer pregnant women! Scientists have discovered that pregnant women attract twice as many mosquito bites as non-pregnant women. This may be due to a raise in carbon dioxide (pregnant women tend to take more frequent breaths, exhaling more carbon dioxide), or it may have something to do with a pregnant woman's higher body temperature. Either way, if you are traveling to a mosquito infected area, do take sensible precautions. Use mosquito nets while sleeping and a non-Deet based mosquito bite repellent.
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