Can I travel internationally during pregnancy?

Hey girl, as long as you’re feeling great and babe is healthy, get out and see the world while you can! Traditionally experts and docs feel that somewhere around 28-30 weeks is when you should probably stay land-locked in terms of air travel (some airlines even mandate as such), and as you get closer to the 36 week mark, you may want to hang local in the event you go into labor on the earlier side.

Personally, we love the idea of a babymoon or getaway somewhere around 14-28 weeks, aka the 2nd trimester. That’s usually when you’ll be feeling your best – ie no more morning sickness (hopefully) and you’re not quite big enough to squeeze out of your seat in coach. If you have certain pregnancy complications, ie preeclampsia, premature rupture of membranes, and if your doctor thinks your chances of preterm labor is higher for any reason, you might want to stay closer to home. Also, check with your doctor on where you’re planning to go, as Zika and malaria-related destinations are not recommended for pregnant women. Click here for the most up-to-date locations. 

And remember, if you are planning on flying, get up and walk around the plane as often as possible and stock up on compression socks. Deep vein thrombosis (a condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs or elsewhere), is a higher risk among pregnant women. Remember to drink lots of fluids as well! Also, check that your vaccines are up to date and plan to bring any over-the-counter medications you need. Lastly, research medical options at your final destination that are covered under your insurance plan or otherwise. Bon voyage!