Safe Travel During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

6 Guidelines for the Pregnant Traveler
1. Avoid potentially contaminated water and food.
Pregnant travelers should eat only well-cooked meats and pasteurized dairy products, while avoiding preprepared salads. This will help to avoid diarrhea, as well as infections such as toxoplasmosis and listeria, which can cause serious problems during pregnancy.

2. Don't travel alone.
It's advised that you travel with at least one companion.

3. Don't miss your scheduled prenatal visits.
Determine beforehand whether prenatal care will be required abroad and, if so, who will provide it.

4. Take a close look at your health insurance coverage.
Make sure before traveling that your health insurance is valid while abroad and during pregnancy, and that the policy covers a newborn should you give birth. Also, a supplemental travel insurance policy and a prepaid medical evacuation insurance policy should be obtained, though many may not cover pregnancy-related problems.

5. Check into available medical facilities at your destination.
For a woman in the third trimester, medical facilities should be able to manage complications of pregnancy and should be able to perform a cesarean section.

6. Know your blood type.

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