Travel During Pregnancy

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It is generally considered safe to travel during pregnancy but there are some things to know before you leave. Talk to your health care provider or a travel clinic about plans to travel at least 6 weeks before you leave.  Your health care provider and a travel clinic can help you to determine if any vaccinations or other precautions are necessary, depending where you are travelling.

Make safe travel plans if you need to travel during your pregnancy.

If you decide to travel while pregnant, check your travel health insurance.  In particular, check your policy for coverage of pregnancy-related conditions or hospital care for premature infants. You should also carry your prenatal records and your health care provider’s contact information with you when travelling in case of emergency.

For more information: 

Travelling while Pregnant - Government of Canada

Travel Health – Public Health Agency of Canada

Travel Health Notices – Public Health Agency of Canada

 

References

  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2009). Carsafety for you and your baby. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq018.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20150529T1105333145 (as cited in Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Prenatal education: Key messages for Ontario, safety during pregnancy). 
  2. Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Prenatal education: Key messages for Ontario, safety during pregnancy.  Retrieved from http://www.ontarioprenataleducation.ca/safety/
  3. Government of Canada. (2016, March). Travelling while pregnant.  Retrieved from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/info/tp-ve-eng.php
  4. Health Physics Society. (2014). Pregnancy and security screening. Retrieved from http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/faqs/pregnancyandsecurityscreening.html (as cited in Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Prenatal education: Key messages for Ontario, safety during pregnancy).
  5. Transport Canada. (2013). Air Bag Deactivation: Introduction. Retrieved from https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/tp-tp13178-page1_e-181.htm (as cited in Best Start Resource Centre. (2016). Prenatal education: Key messages for Ontario, safety during pregnancy).