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Travel in Pregnancy

Traveling while Pregnant

Traveling during pregnancy can be safe and enjoyable, but certain precautions are necessary to ensure your well-being and the baby’s health.



Before making travel plans, consult with your healthcare provider to assess any potential risks and receive personalized recommendations.


The best time to travel is in the second trimester of pregnancy (between 14 and 28 wks of pregnancy).  It is not recommended to travel close to your due date.  It also may not be safe to travel if you have pregnancy complications. 


Comfort and Safety

Choose comfortable modes of transportation and take breaks to stretch and move during long journeys. Perform ankle exercises to decrease the risk of blood clots during extended periods of sitting.


Destination Considerations

Research the destination’s medical facilities, climate, and potential health risks before traveling. 


Determining Areas of Zika Infestation

Zika virus is found in Central, North and South America.  If you are infected with Zika virus during pregnancy your baby is at risk for birth defects such as microcephaly (small head), which can lead to lifelong physical and mental defects.  Before traveling, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or other reputable sources for up-to-date information on areas with Zika transmission. 


Be cautious when traveling to regions with a history of Zika cases and take appropriate preventive measures, which include wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, treating clothing with permethrin or using EPA registered bug spray*.  


*These sprays containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol are safe to use while pregnant and breasfeeding


Decreasing Risks of Blood Clots while Traveling

Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) are more common in pregnancy.  To help prevent against blood clots in the legs or lungs follow these recommendations:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey.
  • Perform ankle exercises, such as rotating your feet in circles and flexing your toes, to improve blood circulation during prolonged sitting.
  • Take breaks to walk and stretch every 2 hours, especially during long flights or car rides.
  • Consider wearing compression stockings.

Please meet with us or your health care provider before any long distance travel.  We will also help you obtain or access a copy of your health record to take with you if you need care during your trip.  


We are conveniently located Downtown Spokane in the Doctors Building and in the Spokane Valley. You can request an appointment online for either location.

Downtown Spokane

Sacred Heart Doctors Building
105 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 6060
Spokane, WA 99204

(509) 838-4211 | GET DIRECTIONS

Spokane Valley

Valley Mission Professional Building
12509 East Mission Avenue, Suite 201
Spokane Valley, WA 99216

(509) 928-2866 | GET DIRECTIONS

Construction Notice

The City of Spokane Valley is improving the Pines & Mission Intersection near our Spokane Valley location. 

Starting April 15th, 2024, most of the work will happen between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM, with some daytime work too.

They’ll try to limit traffic disruptions, keeping the intersection open and businesses accessible but please plan accordingly when visiting our Spokane Valley office.

Click below for more details:

We can expect minor traffic changes mostly around the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection. This involves digging for the wall, upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals at Pines & Mission intersection, and improving its northeast and southeast corners.

Traffic revisions involve closing westbound Mission Avenue and the northwest shoulder of Pines Road near the 190 offramp, with ongoing modifications to traffic signals, retaining wall construction, sidewalk improvements along northwest Mission Ave, and prep work for repaving Pines Road and Mission Ave.

Traffic changes will close westbound Mission Avenue and part of the northwest Pines shoulder, limit center lanes on the east side of Mission and the south of Pines, pave parts of Mission Avenue and Pines Road, and reconstruct the traffic island at the Pines Road and Mission Avenue intersection.

Mission Avenue will be fully closed from the Pines intersection westbound to just before Applebee’s parking lot’s west driveway, with center lane restrictions on eastbound Mission. The project involves grinding existing asphalt, paving new asphalt, adding traffic islands, installing new road markings and signs, and landscaping the northwest quadrant of Mission and Pines.

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