Although there are some special considerations for women who travel while pregnant— especially if they are going to a developing country—most pregnant women can travel safely with a little advance preparation. If you are pregnant (or planning to become pregnant), please let your travel medicine provider know. We stay up-to-date on current issues and are equipped to help you with your travel plans.
Some infections, including Zika, hepatitis E, and malaria, can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and cause serious birth defects and miscarriage. Pregnant women who must travel should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites while traveling. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Page reviewed on: Mar 09, 2017
Page reviewed by: Jessie L. Leyse, MD