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Can I Travel During Pregnancy?

For most women, traveling during pregnancy is safe. As long as you and your fetus are healthy, you can travel safely until you are 36 weeks pregnant.

When is the best time to travel during pregnancy?
The best time to travel is the middle of your pregnancy—between week 14 and week 28. Most common pregnancy problems happen in the first and third trimesters. During mid-pregnancy, your energy has returned, morning sickness usually is gone, and it is still easy to get around. Paying attention to the way you feel is the best guide for your activities.

When is travel not recommended during pregnancy?
Travel is not recommended if you have certain pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, premature rupture of membranes, and preterm labor. Travel also may not be a good idea if you are pregnant with more than one fetus.

Are there areas that I should avoid traveling to while I am pregnant?
Travel is not recommended for pregnant women in areas where Zika outbreaks are ongoing. Zika is an illness spread by mosquitoes that can cause serious birth defects. Travel also is not recommended to areas with malaria, another mosquito-carried illness that is dangerous for pregnant women. For a current list of Zika and malaria outbreak areas, as well as other areas that may pose risks for pregnant women, go to wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/.

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