Traveling During Pregnancy | Kaiser Permanente

(lighthearted instrumental music) >>Rachel Walker, MD OB/GYN- For most women, flying andtraveling during pregnancy is perfectly safe, up throughthe later parts of the third trimester, 34, 35 weeks.

>>Steven Samawi, MD OB/GYN- Some of the concerns we haveabout travel and pregnancy include going into labor,especially in the late third trimester, andaway from your delivering hospital and physician.

And, the more seriouscomplication being the formation of clots in your legs that can then travel to your lungsand cause significant harm.

>>Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN- There can be a littlecompression or pressing on the blood vessels thatrun down to the legs.

So our concern is that youdon't want to limit your movement so that blood clots form.

>>Steven Samawi, MD OB/GYN- If you are going to be traveling, and it's unavoidable, thereare certain precautions that you can take toprevent complications.

>>Rachel Walker, MD OB/GYN- So certainly we recommendgetting up out of your chair, and walking the length of the plane, or getting out of the car every hour just to help improve your circulation.

>>Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN- Increase your hydration,so drink lots of water, helps to move that fluidaround, move that blood around.

>>Steven Samawi, MD OB/GYN- And the use of compressionstockings for prolonged periods of sitting.

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