Travel During Pregnancy

Travel During Pregnancy

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Travelling during Pregnancy – patient information to assist informed consent

This patient education pamphlet provides information on important factors to consider whilst travelling during pregnancy. The topics discussed include: the need for private medical insurance when overseas, prescription medicines, and important points to note during air travel. Problems associated with air travel, such as premature labour, fetal and maternal oxygenation, and deep venous thrombosis (DVT), are highlighted. 

This leaflet can be a useful tool for pregnant women as it discusses how to prepare for travel during pregnancy, the risks involved and which activities to avoid. Risks associated with consuming contaminated food and water (such as hepatitis E), nausea and vomiting, the importance of vaccinations and the risk of malaria are also discussed.

The potential health concerns of travelling during pregnancy are described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology patient information leaflets are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.