TRAVELING PRECAUTIONS DURING PREGNANCY
When you are pregnant, you are at increased risk for blood clots that can form in your legs and pelvis. These blood clots can travel to the lungs, heart, or brain and create BAD problems. If you are traveling long distances by plane, train, or car, we have some helpful guidelines to share:
1. Take a copy of your prenatal record with you. If you need to get care while you are traveling, this will have all the information about your pregnancy that a provider would need. At your prenatal visit, let us know that you are planning to travel, and we will make a copy of your records to take with you.
2. Try not to sit for long periods of time without moving. If you are in a car or on a plane, please do not cross your legs while sitting. Move your legs while you are seated. (Dr. Hayes suggests tracing the alphabet with your big toes!) Every 1 ½ to 2 hours, get up and walk. While driving in the car, you can stop at a rest stop or gas station to walk around a bit. On the plane, you can walk down the aisle to the bathroom or just to the other end of the plane and back.
3. Stay well hydrated. This means drinking a GALLON of water each day that we have recommended for you.
If you have questions about these guidelines, please ask us.
A Woman’s Place, PC
Dr. Karen Hayes
2620 E. Prospect Rd., Suite 160
Fort Collins, CO 80525