Monday, December 23, 2013

Ask Us Anything: I am Pregnant and I Travel for Work. When Do I Need to Stop Traveling?

"I am at 22 weeks. My work requires travel. Sometimes I have to drive 14-16 hours to Georgia or fly to Atlanta then drive 3-6 hours to arrive to the work site. These trips are for typically for 1 week at a time. At what point in my pregnancy should my travel be restricted to purely in-state travel? Will my in-state travel ever have to be restricted as long as I take breaks along the drive?"

Ginny Lyons, RN, Responds:

First, congratulations on your pregnancy. You indeed have a busy schedule. Now at the present state of your pregnancy, your long haul drives need to be broken up to rest, hydrate, stretch your legs, and move about and obtain nutritious snacks.

Generally speaking, air flight is not recommended at around the seventh month of pregnancy.

Again, your long drives out of state will have to be curtailed as well. As your pregnancy advances, your comfort level for long drives in a car diminishes due to many factors: more frequent need for rest, increased urination, and an enlarging abdomen, just to address a few.

In any long trip, whether pregnant or not, you want to move your legs about, get up and walk around, and make circles with your feet both forward and backward, preventing the pooling of blood in the lower extremities that can cause a clot formation.

Your general state of health, stamina, and energy levels will dictate to you a time of reference to even lessen your in-state duties.

I wish you a happy and safe delivery of your baby.

– Ginny Lyons

Ginny Lyons, RN is a coordinator for Catholic Health's women's service line, WomenCare, a nurse clinician in women's health, a community health educator and a public health speaker for Catholic Health on wellness and prevention seminars.

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