Traveling in later pregnancy is usually fine, but keep a few things in mind:
- Check the regulations on your specific airline before you travel; many have restrictions on flying in pregnancy.
- DO NOT FLY after 36 weeks.
- Take a copy of your prenatal medical file along with you (just in case!).
- Increase your fluids.
- For every hour of travel (either in a plane or by car), make sure you move or walk around for 5-10 minutes. This will help prevent swelling and blood clots.
- Also, if you must remain seated, flexing and extending your calf muscles can help decrease the likelihood of blood clots in your legs.
- Make sure to discuss your travel plans with your provider so he or she can give you more specific guidance tailored to your situation.