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TRAVEL DURING PREGNANCY

JAMA. 1954;156(4):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950040138014.
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The question of travel during pregnancy is one that interests most pregnant women and their physicians. In this connection, Beach1 interviewed 681 women in 1947, about half of whom had traveled during pregnancy, and found that travel is not a significant factor in causing abortion. More recently, McFarland2 reported that most women can travel safely as late as the end of the eighth month of pregnancy. Pregnant women whose husbands are in military service frequently find it necessary to travel while they are pregnant, either because of a change of military assignment or because of an unstable environmental situation. In a study to determine the possible effect of travel on pregnancy, Webb and Harvey3 recently interviewed 500 pregnant women at the Robins Air Force Base Hospital and learned that 413 (82.6%) of them had traveled during their pregnancy. The total distance traveled was 817,961 miles, or an

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