Travelling while Pregnant

Key Messages Pregnant travellers

With careful preparation, most pregnant women are able to travel without experiencing health problems.

Pregnant women should see their travel health advisor 6-8 weeks before travel (for those with less time an appointment is still worthwhile).

Women should research health risks and medical facilities at their destination and obtain comprehensive travel health insurance prior to travel.

Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing severe malaria and dying from malaria compared to non-pregnant women. If travel to a risk area is essential, careful insect bite avoidance is important, antimalarial tablets should be taken and women should seek prompt medical advice if symptoms of malaria occur.

Inactivated vaccines can be given if clinically indicated. Live vaccines pose a theoretical risk to a fetus, they may be considered following expert consultation for those at particular
risk of disease.

Pregnancy increases the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), for travel over four hours, women should mobilise their legs at regular intervals and wear properly fitted, below knee, graduated compression stockings. For those with additional risk factors low weight molecular heparin may be advised.