Traveling in Late Pregnancy


Thinking about a last-minute trip before baby arrives? Here are some important considerations to help keep both you and your baby safe while you’re away.

Is it safe to travel?

You’ll want to discuss your travel plans with your doctor to be sure, but in general, you’re pretty much good to go anywhere you like up until 36 weeks (except, of course, somewhere dangerous, e.g. anyplace with mosquito-borne diseases). You might need to cut off travel earlier if you’ve experienced complications like preterm labor or pre-eclampsia, or if you’re carrying multiples.

Be prepared

As you get closer to your due date, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for everything—including going into labor while away. Here are some tips:

  • Write down your estimated due date and any pertinent medical information, including any medical conditions and a list of prescriptions, and bring that information with you.
  • If you’re flying, bring a note from your doctor stating that you’re safe to do so.
  • If you’re going on a cruise, make sure a qualified health care provider is on board. Also, protect yourself from norovirus by washing your hands frequently.
  • On long trips, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get up and stretch or walk around at least every couple of hours to prevent blood clots.
  • Make sure you wear a seat belt, fasted low (under your belly) and across your hips.
  • Try to be flexible with your plans.
  • Check with your insurance provider to make sure you’re covered en route and at your destination. If not, look into medical travel insurance.

Know when to seek help

And know where to find help during your travels. You’ll need to head to the hospital or call an ambulance if you experience any of the following:

  • Contractions
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Your water breaks
  • Sudden swelling of your face or hands
  • Severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Read more about Pregnancy and Travel.