If you are planning a trip out of the country, your health care provider can help you decide if travel outside the United States is safe for you and advise you about what steps to take before your trip. The CDC is also a good resource for travel alerts, safety tips and up-to-date vaccination facts for many countries.
One common health concern about traveling in certain areas is malaria. Malaria is a serious disease carried by mosquitos that present a major risk to your pregnancy. While you are pregnant, you should not travel to areas where there is the risk of malaria, including Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. If travel to these places can’t be avoided, have your health care provider prescribe an antimalarial drug or you, such as chloroquine or mefloquine. Pregnant women should not take the antimalarial drugs atovaquone and proguanil, doxycycline or primaquine
Traveling to other countries means you may be exposed to other kinds of germs. People who live in the country are used to the organisms in the food and water, but a traveler is not. These organisms can make a traveler very ill.
Traveler’s diarrhea may be a minor problem for someone who is not pregnant. It is a greater concern or pregnant women, though. If you do get diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids to combat dehydration. Before taking a diarrhea treatment, check with a health care provider to make sure it is safe. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid unsafe food and water.
Even if you are in perfect health before going on a trip, you need know when an emergency will come up. e sure to get a copy of your record to take with you.
If you are traveling in the United States, locate the nearest hospital or medical clinic in the place you are visiting. If you need a doctor, visit the American Medical Association’s web site.
There is no reason to put off taking trips during your pregnancy if you are not having complications. Letting your health care provider know about your travel plans and staying alert to your body’s signals can help keep you safe while you are away from home. We are here to help! Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.