Travel Tips for Pregnant Moms

pregnancy travel tips

pregnancy travel tips

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Travel with a baby bump? Yep, it's safe.

If you're having a complication-free pregnancy and you need to or want to, you can do it.

But you need to be smart about it, and you want to be as comfy as possible (yeah, right!) with a big belly.

From some smart CafeMoms, here are tips for traveling while pregnant.

Travel by car

-- Plan plenty of stops to run to the restroom and stretch. I've had some pretty long car trips in the third trimester -- it can get uncomfortable, but it's doable.

-- Stop to stretch and if there's a way to, put your feet up (on the dash or along the back seat.) When you get to where you're going, take a nice soaking bath.

-- When I asked my doctor about traveling, he said there are hospitals everywhere, so that's not a problem.

-- Get out every couple of hours to walk around and get the blood flowing and try to switch your sitting position a little so your butt doesn't go numb!

Traveling late in your pregnancy

-- Talk to your doctor first!

-- Make sure your insurance will cover you at a hospital where you'll be going. Stop to walk around every couple of hours and drink plenty of fluids.

-- Take a copy of your medical records with you, just in case.

-- If you're really late in your pregnancy, ask yourself if you're OK with the possibility of delivering with a doctor you don't know in a hospital you're unfamiliar with -- and then having to travel afterwards to get your baby back home.

Travel by plane

-- Don't be afraid to play the "pregnant card" and bug the flight attendants for water whenever you need it.

-- If you're in your third trimester, ask your OB if it's OK and then check with the airline to make sure they will let you on.

-- Ask for an aisle seat so you don't have to crawl over someone every time you have to hop up to pee or to stretch your legs.

-- Bring a pillow for your back.

Have you traveled while prego? What would you suggest to other moms about to take a trip?

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madam... madamekatekate

If you're belly is pretty big while flying, when you board go ahead and ask for a seatbelt extender. Sometimes you can get the regular belt to fit under your belly, sometimes you can't and it's easier to get one while you're boarding and get settled on your own then have to flag down an attendent once the plane is full. Less embarassing too!


I was a trainer for my company when I had to fly while pregnant. I think everything's covered in the article!

RanaA... RanaAurora

Check with your health insurance!

Some WILL NOT cover you if you go into labor and have a baby while on vacation (military wives, especially).

lilmi... lilmissinlove09

RanaAurora that is not true with military wives if they follow the proper steps to report it to Tricare. If the birth was not payed for they didn't do everything they where supposed to do to ensure Tricare would pay. I know it happened to me. After a year of fighting Tricare they finally paid. It took several trips to the Tricare office and practically making them get the job done. But it all ended well. If they are going on vacation they need to call Tricare and find out the approved hospital in the town they will be in. As soon as the baby is born they need to have the Deers papers filled out. There is a deadline for that and if not taking care of then the birth would not be covered.

daeverra daeverra

I recently moved 3,500 miles while being 5 months pregnant. In a Uhaul. With a cat. AND a dog. And my mother... so..

All of those tips are great. The only thing I would add would be to talk to your doctor about taking a baby aspirin. It was the only thing that helped me, as we drove through different elevations for the swelling and lifted all my fears of blood clots.

Marle... MarleyDnMe

This was so helpful as we are planning a last minute trip by car from Wa. to California for Memorial day weekend. Im 30 weeks and dont have any kind of complications or discomforts, i just need to double check with my Dr. on MOnday's appt and make sure if anything happens and i go into labor early I'm covered. Thank you so much.

coppe... copperswifey

I never did travel too far away from home when I was close to my due date :)

godde... goddess99

The only traveling I did pregnant was to and fro doctor appointments. It was a 150 mile round trip every time. That's it though. I was on bed rest for most of it.

Bmat Bmat

Yes I did. at 8 months. I talked it over with my doctor and got the okiedokie.  I avoided long walks, which means if it is a huge airport get a wheelchair. 

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