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Flying whilst Pregnant

Pregnant women need not be restricted from flying.  Most airline permit pregnant women to fly until the end of the 35th week of pregnancy, whereupon expectant mothers are strictly advised not to fly. 

Exact stipulations from airline to airline vary, and it is well worth contacting airlines in advance of flying to confirm their regulations.  Some airlines, may request a medical certificate specifying the expectant date of delivery.  

Tips for for Pregnant Flyers

  • Pregnant women should also be aware that flying carries a greater health risk to the baby and mother than the average passenger.  
  • The risk of DVT is greatly accentuated and DVT preventative in-flight socks should be worn.   
  • Background cosmic radiation levels are also higher at altitude, which can be harmful to the foetus.  Expectant mothers are, therefore, recommended to avoid flying during the first three months of pregnancy if possible.  
  • Pregnancy, represents on of the most valid times to splash out on a business or first class ticket, especially if you are making a long haul flight.  Leg rests encourage better circulation, and greater leg room will provide greater comfort, then the more cramped economy class.  
  • Seat belts should be worn low around the pelvis.  
  • Avoiding immobility for the duration of the flight is paramount for expectant mothers, as the viscosity of their blood tends to increase.  Try walking around the plane at regular intervals.  
  • Consume plenty of water throughout the flight and avoid the consumption of heavy foods which, through prolonged immobility, can lead to stomach cramps and pain.  
  • Do not take sleeping tablets to circumvent jet lag, instead try to realign your sleeping patterns.

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