Travel Medicine for the Pregnant Patient

Bits & Bumps

On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Dr Wendy Sexton to talk about travel medicine for the pregnant patient. 

Take home messages:

  • The best time to travel is in the second trimester, but be sure to advise patients about the clinical and financial risks in case of pre-term birth while overseas.
  • For flights longer than 4 hours, compression stockings, hydration and mobilisation is recommended. If additional risk factors are present, consider low molecular weight heparin.
  • Pregnant women should be aware of the local health services available in their travel destination, and be prepared with medications to treat common symptoms or conditions of pregnancy.
  • Water and food safety, and hand hygeine advice is important.
  • Mosquito bite avoidance is crucial. Measures include DEET, long sleeves and mosquito nets.
  • Malaria prophylaxis options include chloroquine and mefloquine. Malarone is sometimes used off-label –> consult a travel med specialist.
  • Yellow fever is…

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