Planning your babymoon: A quick guide for high altitude travel during pregnancy

Planning your babymoon

So your choice of a babymoon destination is a hill station. But is it ok to travel to high altitudes when you’re pregnant? As always, the answer is yes and no and totally depends on the location and how you respond.

The reason high altitudes is even a concern is that less oxygen is available, meaning you'll get tired easier. If you get less oxygen, so does your baby. And less oxygen for the baby means that it could affect your baby’s normal growth and development. Therefore, to be safe, avoid staying at altitudes at or higher than 8,500 feet above sea level for more than a few days. Anything above 12,000 feet is a strict no-no.

A woman’s natural responses are altered when she is pregnant. If you start feel dizzy or lightheaded, or are out of breath, or have headaches, it means that your baby is not getting enough oxygen, either. Wherever this happens, altitude no matter, get to a lower altitude immediately till you feel better. If you’re still not better after descent, see a doctor immediately.

Things to keep in mind about travel during pregnancy

Pregnant women with pre-diagnosed conditions like hypertension, preeclampsia, etc. absolutely need to consult their doctor before making travel plans. Pack warm clothes and use them without exposing yourself to the cold.

You may wonder what about the women who actually live at higher altitudes (8,500 feet and higher). Their bodies have managed to adjust to the thinner air, however their babies do tend to be smaller. But these women could be at a higher risk of preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, both of which raise the risk of serious complications during pregnancy and for their newborn babies.