Travelling while pregnant

With careful preparation, travelling while pregnant can be safe, but there are additional risks and challenges to take into consideration. Pregnant women can be at increased risk of becoming infected and/or developing severe complications from certain infections, which can also affect the unborn baby. 

It is important that you consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic to discuss your travel plans, preferably six weeks before you travel.

Timing of travel



Transportation risk

Always wear a seatbelt whether travelling by plane, car or train. When using a diagonal shoulder strap with a lap belt, the straps should be placed carefully above and below your stomach. If only a lap belt is available, fasten at the pelvic area, below your stomach.

Environmental and recreational risks

Pregnant women should remember to discuss their travel plans, including any planned or potential recreational activities, with a health care provider, as some may not be recommended or may require additional precautions.

Personal protective measures

Monitor your health

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