Migrating to Canada while pregnant, how to go about it
There are obvious reservations and concerns for women traveling while pregnant, and there is no exception if you are traveling to Canada. For women traveling to Canada, the requirement is that you can travel during any time of your pregnancy but not after the eighth month. As long as there are no identified complications or concerns with the pregnancy, traveling to Canada is completely safe.
It is highly recommended that traveling pregnant women should consult a health care provider at least six weeks before the intended travel date.
When to travel
The recommended safest time to travel for pregnant women is between 18 and 24 weeks, though Canada’s immigration allows traveling to the country but not after eight months of pregnancy.
The decision to travel will, however, be confirmed by a certified health care provider, and adequate documentation should be provided. Considerations should be made for the destination of travel, planned activities, and available medical care in transit. Traveling pregnant women should make sure that they have adequate travel health insurance cover, as many policies do not cover pregnancy-related conditions in transit as well as hospital care for premature infants.
Vaccines and sickness
Before getting vaccinated, traveling pregnant women must first seek medical opinion from certified health care providers and written documentation should be provided, however, inactivated vaccines are considered to be much safer. If certified by health care provider vaccines should take into consideration factors such as personal health, destination, distance to be traveled, and the present risk of contracting that particular disease.
If traveling from an area where malaria is present, anti-malaria medications should be taken in consultation with a certified health care provider and medicine taken should be provided in a written document that should be taken during transit by the pregnant woman. Malaria can cause many health problems for the mother and child, and if should you develop fever and other Malaria symptoms, medical attention should be sought immediately, and upon arrival.
Traveling by air
As is very likely that you will travel by air to Canada, there are few things to know about air travel:
- Usually, air travel is the safest for pregnant women, and traveling to Canada is possible until 8 weeks.
- Nearly all airlines restrict travel in late pregnancy and require written confirmation from a certified medical practitioner.
- As pregnant women are more susceptible to developing blood clots, airlines allow pregnant women occasional walk around and make sure you exercise and stretch your legs while seated and preferably take an aisle seat.
- High altitude exposure should be avoided during pregnancy, and your health physician should make necessary certifications for your travel depending on the altitude of countries during transit.
Safe food and water protective measures
Extreme caution should be observed for traveling pregnant women especially in regards to safe food and drinking water, as it can cause health risks to mother and child.
- Drink only boiled water, and disinfect if it is from a commercially sealed bottle.
- Wash hands after using the bathroom, before eating or preparing food, avoid being in contact with animals or sick people.
- It is highly recommended that you travel with a well-stocked health kit, with infection medications, prenatal vitamins etc. Your health care provider should provide you with specific recommendations.
Traveling to Canada while pregnant is very much allowed, whether you are traveling by car, bus or train, the only way you will be denied entry is if the pregnancy is over 8 weeks and is deemed unsafe by a certified medical practitioner.