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Travel Health Journal

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The Pregnant Traveller: Vaccines, malaria, and insurance

Travelling while pregnant Travelling during pregnancy can be stressful, especially when you’re going to a developing country where prenatal care is limited or not available. Travel to these areas may increase your risk of contracting infectious diseases, insect-borne diseases, and food- and water-borne illnesses. Your body will also respond to travel and stress differently while you’re pregnant. Before you travel, research the health care situation at your destination in case of an emergency. It’s also important to consider vaccinations, malaria prevention, and travel insurance when planning your trip. Make sure you understand the restrictions placed on pregnant travellers by airlines, cruise lines, and insurance companies. Discuss your travel plans with your physician and if possible, always travel with a ...

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How to prevent DVT during air travel

With some airlines planning to reduce seat size even further, the topic of cramped cabin space and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been popping up a lot recently. Studies haven’t shown a connection between seat size and DVT risk, but awareness of DVT is important for anyone planning a long-haul trip. Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism DVT is a condition where blood clots develop in the deep veins, usually in the legs. These clots can cause localized pain, redness, swelling, and be warm to the touch, but you may not have any symptoms. DVT becomes dangerous when a piece of clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) which can be life-threatening. Pulmonary ...

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How to Travel Comfortably While Pregnant

By Jan Rydfors MD, Co-Creator of Pregnancy Companion: The Obstetrician’s Mobile Guide to Pregnancy Traveling can be especially stressful for pregnant women with the breaking of normal routines. As a busy obstetrician in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, my patients have asked me thousands of travel related questions. Below are five tips to help mommies-to-be get the most out of their trip. Hydration. Remember that hydration is extra important when you’re pregnant as more water evaporates from your skin during pregnancy, especially if traveling during the summer as heat will enhance that fluid loss. Try to drink at least 10 eight-ounce glasses of fluid every day and even more on hot days. Sun. It feels good and getting ...