Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling for Work

If your job requires a lot of travel, you may want to talk to your boss about scaling back a bit during your pregnancy. But rest assured that as long as you don't have complications like high blood pressure or bleeding, frequent travel before your ninth month won't harm you or your baby, says Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, MD, an obstetrician at UT southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. If you're still uncomfortable with traveling, give your obstetrician a call. Some will write a letter saying that you should not travel. Pregnancy complications and limitations might make you eligible for temporary disability, which allows you to go on a leave of absence while your job remains safe. Wherever you're planning to go, try to take it easy when you arrive. You want to come back home feeling refreshed rather than depleted.

Originally published in the April 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

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