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Travel During Pregnancy

I'm planning to spend some time traveling this summer. I'll be about seven months pregnant by then. Any advice?

Be sure to discuss your travel plans with your doctor or midwife. If you're experiencing a high-risk pregnancy or your due date is fast approaching, your caregiver may want you to stay relatively close to home (e.g. within a three hour drive) in case some complications arise or your baby decides to make an unscheduled early arrival. Even if your caregiver gives you the go-ahead to venture a little farther a-field, she may want you to take a copy of your prenatal record with you. That way, if you unexpectedly run into complications while you're traveling, the doctor on call at whatever hospital or clinic you end up visiting will have the lowdown on your medical and obstetrical history.

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Have a great trip!

- Ann Douglas

This question was answered by Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, The Mother of All Pregnancy Organizers, and The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby (2nd Edition).

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