Travelling while pregnant – Travel.gc.ca

Find useful information and considerations to help you prepare for safe and healthy travels outside Canada while pregnant.
With careful preparation, travelling while pregnant can be safe. The decision to travel should be made in consultation with your health care professional, based on your personal health circumstances.
Medical practices, health standards and infection control measures vary from country to country. You may not have access to the same level of care, procedures, treatments and medications as you would in Canada.
You could also be at increased risk of getting an infection and/or developing severe complications from certain infections, which could also affect the fetus.
Before leaving Canada:
Local laws and medical services relating to pregnancy can differ from Canada. Learn the local laws, and how these may apply to you before you travel.
Many vaccines can be safely given during pregnancy. Due to a higher risk of more severe outcomes for you and your fetus, some vaccines are recommended specifically during pregnancy, such as tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP) and influenza.
Don’t take medications you may still have from prior trips. Tell the health care professional about your pregnancy, or intended pregnancy, before filling any prescriptions. The decision to get any pre-travel vaccinations or medications should be discussed with your health care professional.
The decision can depend on:
Malaria could cause major health problems for a mother and her unborn baby. A pregnant woman may want to consider avoiding travel to areas where malaria transmission occurs.
Description of malaria risk by country and preventative measures.
If you can’t avoid travelling to an area where malaria is present:
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can pose significant risks to your fetus even if you don’t develop symptoms. While pregnant, you may want to consider avoiding travelling to a country or areas with risk of Zika virus.
Latest travel health advice on Zika virus.
If you choose to travel, take precautions to avoid infection with Zika virus:
Learn more about Zika virus and pregnancy:
Emergencies can happen at any time. Know where the nearest hospital or medical centre is while you are travelling and confirm they will accept your medical insurance.
Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms while travelling:
If you develop these symptoms after your return to Canada, you should see a health care professional immediately and tell them about your recent trip.
Always wear a seatbelt when travelling by plane or car. When using a diagonal shoulder strap with a lap belt, the straps should be placed carefully above and below your abdomen. If only a lap belt is available, fasten it at the pelvic area, below your abdomen.
If you have any medical or pregnancy-related complications, discuss with your health care professional whether air travel is safe for you.
Most airlines restrict travel in late pregnancy or may require a written confirmation from a physician. Check this with the airline before booking your flight.
During long flights, you may be at higher risk of developing blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The risk of deep vein thrombosis can be reduced by:
Your health care professional may recommend additional ways to reduce your risk such as wearing compression stockings.
Always stay well hydrated while travelling.
The risk of deep vein thrombosis can be reduced by:
Always stay well hydrated while travelling.
Certain medications used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy may also be effective in relieving motion sickness.
If you think you might experience motion sickness during your trip, speak to your health care professional about the use of these medications.
Some activities may not be recommended or may require additional precautions. Discuss your travel plans, including any planned or potential recreational activities with a health care professional.
You should avoid travelling to an altitude above 3,658 metres (12,000 feet).
However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy and/or are in the late stages of pregnancy, the highest altitude should be 2,500 metres (8,200 feet).
If you have pregnancy-related complications, you should avoid unnecessary high-altitude exposure.
Keep in mind that most high-altitude destinations are far from medical care services.
Eat and drink safely while travelling while travelling. Many food-borne and water-borne illnesses can be more severe during pregnancy and pose a risk to the fetus.
This can include:
To help avoid food-borne and water-borne diseases:
Protect yourself from insect bites:
Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. You should avoid contact with animals including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats.
Information for if you become sick or injured while travelling outside Canada.
For help with emergencies outside Canada, contact the:
More information on services available at consular offices outside Canada.

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