Health Watch - Vacation: Travel During Pregnancy

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting away from it all. Taking a vacation is important for renewing and refreshing your mind. But if you’re pregnant, you’ll need to take special care while traveling.

The main thing pregnant women need to worry about when traveling is blood clots. Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, an obstetrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says changes during pregnancy put women at a higher risk for blood clots in the legs, and the inactivity and dehydration that often come with travel increase the risk.

Pregnant women should make sure to move around every few hours, even if it’s just rotating your ankles and moving your feet while you’re sitting. When traveling by car, be sure to use both your lap belt and shoulder belt and make frequent rest stops. You should check with your doctor and check the airline’s restrictions about flying during pregnancy. Walk up and down the aisle every so often during long flights.


July 2010

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