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As you plan your trip, check in with your doctor or midwife about how traveling will suit your pregnancy. If you have medical issues that prevent you from taking a long trip, look for a local bed and breakfast, or a special package at a day spa so you can still celebrate while staying near home.

Even if you're cleared for a far-flung adventure, researching your destination will give you one less thing to worry about. Find out about nearby hospitals, and bring along your medical records and any prescriptions or vitamins that you're taking, says Levey, who also blogs at www.babymoonblog.com. You'll also want to look for what will make you most comfortable; make sure your itinerary includes easy access to restrooms and appealing foods, as well as air-conditioned rooms.

If you're traveling to a place where language is an issue, check in with the U.S. Embassy for recommended doctors and facilities, says Fawzia Rasheed de Francisco, who wrote The Rough Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children.

And don't forget about medical insurance, she says. Particularly if you're traveling internationally, make sure your policy covers prenatal care while traveling—and, even if you don't think you're likely to have your baby on your trip, that you're covered for delivery and post-natal care (along with repatriation fees and care for you and your baby), just in case. "Tell yourself you know the worst isn't going to happen, but that you're beginning the process of thinking like the responsible parent you are going to be— covering all stops," says Rasheed de Francisco.

A few things can make you much more comfortable in transit. When flying, choose an aisle seat so that you can easily stretch your legs and visit the bathroom. You'll also want to check with your airline to see if there are restrictions on how far into your pregnancy you can travel. Some airlines may require a certificate from your doctor as your due date approaches; air travel is usually prohibited during the month before your due date.

If you're driving, stop often to rest—the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends keeping car trips to six hours or less a day. Planning a cruise? Ask your doctor about safe seasickness remedies, and find out about shipboard medical facilities and those in your ports of call.


Published: 28 Dec 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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