Pregnancy Travel Guide

6 Signs You Shouldn't Travel

While the following pregnancy complications are rare, if you experience any, put your travel plans on hold and see your obstetrician immediately:

  • Bleeding: This could indicate a miscarriage, preterm labor, or blockage of the cervix by the placenta (called placenta previa). Excessive bleeding may require a transfusion and can be life-threatening for you and the baby.
  • Abdominal pain: Cramps that don't go away when you lie down can be a sign of miscarriage or preterm labor. Severe pain with bleeding may indicate that the placenta has separated from the uterus (called placenta abruption).
  • Swelling: Extreme swelling in your arms, hands, legs, feet, or around your eyes could mean that you've developed preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition for you and the baby. Since it typically worsens until the baby is delivered, your obstetrician needs to monitor you closely.
  • Headaches: Pain that doesn't go away with rest and a few Tylenol may signal a sudden rise in blood pressure, another symptom of preeclampsia.
  • Vision changes: Blurred vision, light flashes, or sparkles can indicate swelling around the optic nerve, yet another symptom of preeclampsia.
  • Fetal movement changes: Any significant change in fetal movement could be a sign that the baby is in distress and requires immediate medical attention.

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, mother of a son, lives in Winter Garden, Florida.

Originally in American Baby magazine.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your won health or the health of others.

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