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Taking a trip before baby arrives

If you want to take a trip before your baby is born and you're having a normal pregnancy, the second trimester is often a great time. At this point, most women are feeling good. The tiredness and morning sickness of the first trimester are gone, and the physical discomforts of the last trimester haven't yet set in.

Before you go on vacation, taking care of some simple details won't take much time and will put your mind at ease. And when your friends look at you in shock when you tell them you're traveling "in your condition," you can say, "It's okay. I've covered all my bases."

Pregnancy travel checklist

Tell your doctor about your plans. Make sure that your doctor thinks your trip is a good idea. Discuss what kind of activities you're likely to participate in, where you're going and anything else about your trip. This will help you make sure that what you plan to do pose no threat to your own health or to your baby's.

Take a copy of your prenatal record. You'll need this with you in case anything unexpected happens and you need to see a doctor while you're away.

Check your insurance coverage. Make sure you know what your insurance policy covers when you seek care away from home.

Identify a doctor and a hospital in advance. If you need to see a doctor while you're away, it could be because of an emergency. Knowing the names and numbers of a doctor and a hospital at your vacation destination will help you avoid a panicky search.

Don't sit for long periods of time. No matter what kind of transportation you'll be using, be sure to get up and move around at least every two hours. And wear your seat belt across your hips, not your stomach.

Bon voyage.


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Source: Health Online, Inc.

First published: 01/04/2000
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Health Mercy Women's Health Clinic