Please note: This page is published for informational purposes only and should NOT be taken as professional medical advice.
We are sometimes asked whether or not a high altitude destination is a safe choice for a babymoon break.
It's not an easy question to answer. Every pregnancy is different and we all react to altitude in different ways. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you speak to your doctor before booking your trip.
The amount of oxygen available to our bodies decreases the higher above sea level we travel. Whilst this shouldn't present problems to anyone up to around 5,000 ft (1,500 m), effects may begun to be felt beyond that.
This is especially true during pregnancy, when your body already has to work harder than usual to support your growing baby.
If you experience these symptoms, then it's likely that your developing baby is also receiving less oxygen than he/she needs. Over time, this can lead to problems with baby's growth and development.
Other complications may also arise. Indeed, a survey of Colorado obstetrical care providers revealed that pre-term labor and bleeding complications are the problems most frequently encountered by pregnant visitors to high altitudes.
You should be particularly careful to avoid travel to high altitudes if you are affected by
It's also important to note that - if you already suffer from 'morning sickness' - traveling to a high altitude destination will very likely make it worse.
And you should also speak to your doctor if you have gestational diabetes. High altitude while pregnant can interfere with your blood sugar control.
Research has shown that women who live in high altitude areas have acclimatised to the thinner air and thus their bodies react in a way that preserves the supply of oxygen to their unborn children.
Experts suggest that the metabolism of a pregnant women who lives at a high altitude 'instructs' the fetus to restrain its growth, making them both better able to deal with the limited amount of available oxygen.
This means that any risk to you when you travel to a higher altitude would be greater than that of a local resident.
That being said, women who live at high altitudes have a higher risk of intrauterine growth restriction and pre-eclampsia. Furthermore, their babies tend to be smaller than those born at lower altitudes.
If you already live in a high altitude destination, you will still be at risk if you choose to travel to a destination higher than recommended by medical professionals (see below).
There is some variation in the advice given...
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