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Travel to High Altitude during Pregnancy: Frequently Asked Questions and Recommendations for Clinicians

Publication: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Volume 13, Issue Number 2

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Jean, Dominique, Lorna G. Moore. Travel to high altitude during pregnancy: Frequently asked questions and recommendations for clinicians. High Alt. Med. Biol. 13:73–81.—The effects of altitude on pregnancy have been extensively studied in high altitude residents, but there is a lack of knowledge concerning the pregnant altitude visitor. Exposure to hypoxia results in physiologic responses which act to preserve maternal and fetal oxygenation. However, these reactions are limited and maternal/fetal complications may be observed, especially in association with exercise. Certain pre-existing conditions or risk factors of hypertension/preeclampsia and/or fetal growth restriction are contra-indications for traveling to high altitude, especially after 20 weeks. The acclimatization process has to be respected to avoid acute mountain sickness without taking drugs, and at least a few days of acclimatization are required before exercising.

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cover image High Altitude Medicine & Biology
High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Volume 13Issue Number 2June 2012
Pages: 73 - 81
PubMed: 22724609

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Published online: 22 June 2012
Published in print: June 2012
Accepted: 19 March 2012
Received: 24 February 2012

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Dominique Jean
Centre Pluridisciplinaire de Diagnostic Prénatal, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, France.
Lorna G. Moore
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Address correspondence to:Dominique Jean, MDHôpital Couple-Enfant BP 21738043 GrenobleCedex 9France
E-mail: [email protected]

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