This is the second post in a series about traveling while pregnant. The first post was about Timing Your Trip
You should consult your doctor before any trip while pregnant. If you are flying or taking a cruise, ask your doctor to write a letter giving you permission to travel, specifying your due date, and describing any specific complications with your pregnancy that another doctor might need to know about. You should also ask any questions that you have, including:
- If you are taking a long plane flight or car trip, what recommendations does your doctor have for preventing blood clots in your legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis). He or she might want you to take a baby aspirin, wear support hose, or do special exercises.
- Are there any special food restrictions related to your destination?
- Are there any activities that you should avoid (for example scuba diving or flying in small planes)
- Is it ok to make a few exceptions to the normal eating guidelines? If you know that, for example, skipping the cheese on a trip to France would be heartbreaking for you, ask your doctor whether it is ok to make an exception to the normal guidelines about eating unpasteurized cheeses.
- If you are visiting a different climate (for example a very humid environment) does the doctor have any advice for staying comfortable?
- Are any vaccines or special medication required for your destination, and what is safe to use during pregnancy?
- Does the doctor happen to know a local OB in your destination who you could contact in case of emergency?
- What are common complaints or problems during your stage of pregnancy, and what would you do if you experienced one of them while traveling?
Check back tomorrow for tips on what to pack for your babymoon.Related Links
Traveling While Pregnant: Timing Your Trip