Should You Travel If You’re Pregnant?

Traveling is always fun, but what about if you’re pregnant with a child? Can you even travel if you are? The truth is that the answer actually isn’t a simple yes or no. Some might disagree and claim that the answer is an obvious no—after all, why risk it? But those are also people who have never felt the “travel bug”. Those who have felt the bug simply can’t get traveling out of their minds, and will therefore do everything they can to ensure they’re able to travel while pregnant. Here’s what you need to consider if you’re in that camp.

How Far Along Are You?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is how far along you are. If you’re in your first trimester, you can travel, but you’ll be so nauseous that you may not have any interest in doing so. If you’re in your second trimester, this is the sweet spot, and the best chance you’ll have for quality travel. If you’re in your last trimester, you probably shouldn’t go anywhere and stay safe at home.

Where Are You Traveling To?

Another thing you need to consider is where you’re traveling to. For instance, it’s a lot more risky and dangerous for a pregnant woman to go on a flight that’s over 10 hours. Those kinds of trips aren’t recommended late in the game, although they are doable in the first and second trimester. Short trips, however, enable a lot more leniency—and you can probably sneak in a two-hour flight during your seventh or eighth month (although we wouldn’t recommend the latter).

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