There are obvious reservations and concerns for women travelling while pregnant and there is no exception if you are travelling to Canada. For women travelling to Canada, the rule 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, travelling to Canada is completely safe.
It is highly recommended that travelling pregnant women 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. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) allows travelling to the country but not after eight months of pregnancy.
The decision to travel must; 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. Travelling pregnant women should make sure that they have adequate cover for travel health insurance, as many policies do not cover pregnancy-related conditions in transit and hospital care for premature infants.
Vaccines and Sickness
Before getting vaccinated, travelling pregnant women must first seek a medical opinion from certified health care providers and written documentation should be provided. Remember, inactivated vaccines are considered to be much safer. During vaccination, a health care provider should take into consideration factors such as personal health, destination, distance to be travelled and the present risk of contracting that particular disease.
If travelling from an area where malaria is present, anti-malaria medications should be taken in consultation with a certified health care provider and the medicine taken must be provided with a written document and must be taken during transit by the pregnant woman. Malaria can cause many health problems for the mother and child. If you develop fever and other symptoms of Malaria, medical attention should be sought immediately and upon arrival.
Travelling by Air
As it is very likely that you will travel by air to Canada, there are few things you must know:
- Usually, air travel is the safest option for pregnant women, and travelling to Canada is possible until the last 8 weeks of your term.
- 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 to occasionally walk around. Make sure you exercise and stretch your legs while seated and preferably take an aisle seat.
- High altitude exposure should be avoided during pregnancy. Your health physician should make the necessary certifications for your travel depending on the altitude of countries during transit.
Safe Food and Water Protective Measures
Extreme caution should be taken for travelling pregnant women especially in regards to food and drinking water, as it can cause health risks to mother and child.
- Drink only boiled water, and disinfect it 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.
Travelling to Canada while pregnant is allowed, whether you are travelling 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. If you wish to make the journey to Canada we are ready to help you, sign up today.