Tips for traveling while pregnant

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(KTVI)- When a woman is pregnant, there can be lots of questions about whether traveling is safe.

Women generally hear that it is safe to fly during the first and second trimesters. The second trimester is usually more comfortable. A woman is usually past morning sickness, pregnancy weight gain is still moderate, and there is a lower risk of miscarriage and early labor. If an airline is worried about how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, they can bar her from travel at the gate. To avoid delays, get written permission to fly from a doctor.

It’s safe to travel by car while pregnant and, as long as it is a healthy pregnancy, it's fine to keep driving. In the last few months, a woman’s “baby bump” may make it harder to get in and out of the car and may get in the way of the steering wheel.

Sitting for long periods of time can make feet and ankles swell, legs cramp, and lead to heartburn. Be sure to some stretches, both in and out of the plane or car, to keep blood circulating on longer trips.

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