Health Watch — Pregnancy and Travel: Going Abroad

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about traveling while pregnant. Pregnancy doesn’t mean staying close to home, as long as you’re healthy, but there may be extra precautions to take when going on a cruise or traveling abroad.

Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, an obstetrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you need to check on any vaccinations you’ll need at your destination or ports of call and if those vaccinations are safe for pregnant women. You should also make sure there will be a health care provider on board the cruise ship or at destination spots. Before you travel, get a copy of your prenatal records from your doctor so you’ll have them handy in case you need medical attention while traveling.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in gynecology and obstetrics.

Next: Diet and exercise for pregnant women on the go.


September 2008

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