Traveling during pregnancy

You are pregnant and you want to take one last trip before the baby arrives? Here is everything you need to know about traveling during pregnancy so you can plan a safe trip!

Can a pregnant woman travel?

If your pregnancy is progressing normally and you are not at risk of developing complications or giving birth prematurely, you can travel safely without worries. Obviously, it’s important to consult your physician or a health care professional before you leave to discuss all the details of your trip so you can assess whether what you are planning is safe and so you can receive recommendations based on your chosen destination.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, it’s better to travel between your 18th week and 24th week of pregnancy, or during your second trimester, because most problems and obstetrical emergencies occur during the first and third trimester.

Important! When you choose a trip, don’t forget to read the travel health insurance policy to know what coverage you are getting. Most policies don’t cover problems related to pregnancy or the fees required for hospitalization of premature babies.

Taking the plane

Flying is safe for a pregnant woman who has no medical or obstetric complications up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. The important thing is to make sure you are comfortable during the flight. Wear comfortable clothes and keep your seat belt under your belly. As pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to blood clots because of poor blood circulation, make sure you get up frequently and make small movements with your legs at a regular interval as well as staying well hydrated during the flight.

Airlines travel policies for pregnant women

Air Canada: A pregnant woman who presents no complications can travel up to her 36th week of pregnancy on all Air Canada and Jazz flights.

West Jet: A pregnant woman over 36 weeks must have a medical certificate from their doctor to travel.

Air Transat: No restrictions up to 35 weeks. Between 36 and 38 weeks, you need to have a medical certificate issued by your doctor at least 24 hours prior to departure. From 38 weeks, pregnant women are no longer allowed on flights.

Porter: Pregnant women between 36 to 38 weeks must obtain a medical certificate 24 hours prior to departure. From 38 weeks, pregnant women are no longer allowed on flights.

Sunwing: Pregnant women may travel until their 36th week of pregnancy.

Traveling by car

If you plan to go on an adventure on the road rather than by air, you can ensure your comfort by following the same recommendations given for air travel: install your seat belt comfortably under your belly, stay well hydrated and make regular stops to stretch your legs and promote good circulation.

If you are prone to motion sickness, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you could use medicine to help you relieve the nausea and vomiting.

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