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Slideshow: 7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

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Slideshow: 7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

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Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can't go on a necessary work trip or a relaxing getaway. While it may require extra planning, a prenatal escape isn't out of the question. Take a deep (Lamaze-style) breath and read up on the how-to's of safe and healthy pregnancy travel. Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant
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According to Dr. Aron Schuftan, OB-GYN and co-founder of EmbraceHer Health's Pregnancy Companion mobile app, pregnant women should avoid Advanced Imaging Technology scanners (the security screening devices that require travelers to hold up their arms and wait for a spinner to take a full body scan). Instead, request a pat-down. Read More:
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Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can't go on a necessary work trip or a relaxing getaway. While it may require extra planning, a prenatal escape isn't out of the question. Take a deep (Lamaze-style) breath and read up on the how-to's of safe and healthy pregnancy travel. Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Request a Pat-down

According to Dr. Aron Schuftan, OB-GYN and co-founder of EmbraceHer Health's Pregnancy Companion mobile app, pregnant women should avoid Advanced Imaging Technology scanners (the security screening devices that require travelers to hold up their arms and wait for a spinner to take a full body scan). Instead, request a pat-down. Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Time Your Trip Well

You should aim to schedule travel plans during the second trimester when morning sickness has likely let up and the fatigue of your pregnancy's final weeks hasn't quite set in. Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Choose a Domestic Destination

Staying stateside increases the chances of being close to reliable medical care and can prevent foreign medical expenses. Taking your trip within U.S. borders can also be easier on your diet — you'll face less ambiguity than when consuming exotic foods and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Bring a Copy of Your Prenatal Records

Having your prenatal records with you at all times means you'll face fewer treatment challenges should you need to see a doctor unexpectedly, says Schuftan. While you're at it, be sure to pack proof of your health insurance. Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Travel By Car

When you can, travel by car. Frequent or emergency pit stops are easiest to make when finding a rest area is your greatest hurdle (a task not so easy from up in the clouds). And there's a bonus to car travel — you can bring all of your favorite snacks and beverages without wondering if they'll survive airport security. Read More:
7 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Stay Hydrated and Bring Healthy Snacks

Hydration is of utmost importance when pregnant and on the go. The American Pregnancy Association recommends pregnant women drink eight to 12 glasses of water per day, especially when flying. And avoid eating salty snacks as they will likely increase any swelling you're experiencing. Read More:
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Stretch It Out

No matter where you go and no matter how you get there, you should take breaks to stretch and walk around. Aim for a short walk through the airplane aisles or outside the car every one to two hours. Pregnant women are at a higher risk for blood clots, so even when you can't get out of your seat, move your ankles around and stretch your legs frequently. Read More:
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