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Travel medicine update

Gravid travel

Jonathan Cohen

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Abstract

If a woman is fully aware of the possible complications that can occur in any pregnancy, is prepared to accept the additional risks involved with travel, and takes steps to avoid these risks, there are few absolute contraindications to travel.

Article Extract

General considerations

Pregnancy is a normal state usually associated with good health. However, when travel is being planned, there are a few risks that a woman and her doctor should discuss.

Aside from the usual risks associated with travel, normal pregnancy itself carries a number of risks including hypertension, phlebitis, spontaneous miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and premature labour. Less severe but nonetheless uncomfortable problems that are more often seen include tiredness, nausea, reflux, urinary frequency, back pain, constipation and ahemorchids.

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