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If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, you are likely to
be able to travel during most of your pregnancy. Just be sure to discuss air
travel and extended trips with your doctor ahead of time. When traveling, it's
also smart to carry a written record of your due date and any medical
conditions you have.
When traveling by car, remember the
When you're pregnant, the safest time
to travel is during your second trimester (18 to 24 weeks), when your risks for
miscarriage and preterm labor are lowest. During your third trimester, it's
best to stay within 300 miles of home, in case of sudden changes that need
medical attention. Airplane travel tips include the following:
When not to travel by plane
Avoid air travel when:
If you travel by plane frequently as an airline pilot,
flight attendant, air marshal, courier, or on business, it is possible for you
to exceed the cosmic radiation limit considered safe during pregnancy (1
millisievert, or mSv). The occasional flight doesn't pose a risk, but frequent
low-altitude domestic flights or several high-altitude international flights
may increase a fetus's risk of developing cancer during childhood. You can
track your exposure using software from the Federal Aviation Administration,
available online at http://jag.cami.jccbi.gov/cariprofile.asp.
March 30, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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