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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