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Depending on work/activity: if uncomplicated pregnancy, may continue working until the onset of labor

Sexual activity

If no complications: insufficient evidence to recommend against
STIs may lead to preterm labor/delivery !

Eating fish and pregnancy

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Airline travel (CDC)

  • Generally considered safe before week 36 of pregnancy (uncomplicated pregnancies)
  • Most commercial airlines allow pregnant travelers to fly until 36 weeks’ gestation
  • Some airlines limit international travel earlier in pregnancy, and some require documentation of gestational age.
  • Some experts report that the risk of DVT in pregnancy is 5–10 times higher than for nonpregnant women
  • Second trimester (weeks 14 to 26) better time to fly
Walk through airport screening machines: safe / amount of energy associated with exposure too low to be harmful

Cruise Ship Travel (CDC)

Most cruise lines restrict travel beyond 28 weeks of pregnancy, and some as early as 24 weeks

Contraindications to travel (CDC)

Absolute Contraindications

  • Abruptio placentae
  • Active labor
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Premature labor
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Threatened abortion, vaginal bleeding
  • Toxemia, past or present

Relative Contraindications

  • Abnormal presentation
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • History of infertility
  • History of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Maternal age <15 or >35 years
  • Multiple gestation
  • Placenta previa or other placental abnormality