Can you travel when you are pregnant? Many pregnant women wonder about this, along with other concerns that may have an effect on their bodies. People already know that prolonged air or land travel can cause blood clots to form in veins, but can pregnancy raise the risk of blood clots?
Risk of blood clot formation
Science and the media have already educated travelers to watch out during long-haul flights or interstate travel. More than four hours of sitting down during a trip can put people at risk of blood clots, which can lead to venous vein disease. These clots form in interior veins that you cannot see through your skin. Chances of forming these clots remain low for most people, but risk factors can raise your chances.
The pregnancy factor
Pregnancy counts among the factors that can raise your chances of forming blood clots during long-distance travel. Such a formation is called venous thromboembolism, and it can occur anywhere in your body. They usually form in your legs, however, or in your lungs. Leg blood clots can lead to deep vein thrombosis, a chronic condition, while lung blood clots can result in pulmonary embolism, which is fatal.
Consult your doctor
Does this information mean pregnant women can never travel long distances? Your situation will depend on the assessment of your physician. Venous thromboembolism usually occurs in pregnant women who also have other risk factors. When your risk factor is only your pregnancy, you can go ahead with your travel, but again, your physician knows best.
Prepare or prevent
Should you have blood clots that lead to a venous vein disease, rush to a physician immediately so that you can be treated accordingly with available innovative technology and other options. You can also try preventive measures before and during travel that can protect you. Long-distance travel need not be a terrifying experience as long as you take precaution.