Travelling by plane during pregnancy
The flight can be tiring and stressful when you are expecting a baby. That is why many people believe that pregnancy is a reason to abandon any flights. However, in reality it is not enough to observe some simple rules and know a few important things about your health. Follow our tips for a safe and pleasant flight.
Is it safe to fly on the first and second trimesters?
Usually it is quite acceptable to fly on the first and second trimesters. However, you should definitely consult with your doctor. It is necessary to cancel the flight if you have health problems or suffer from certain diseases, including:
- severe morning sickness
- high blood pressure
- you have experienced a miscarriage in the past
Most miscarriages occur in the first trimester, so your doctor may advise you to avoid unnecessary stress during the first three months of pregnancy. In other matters, most expectant mothers can travel with no problems during pregnancy. The second trimester (14 to 27 weeks ) is considered to be the best to fly.
If this is your first child, now is the time to enjoy with your spouse, family and friends. This is also the last chance to make the most of light, with no car seats, strollers, diapers, toys.
Is it safe to fly during my third trimester?
Definitely yes, but it also depends on whether you have any health problems. Be sure to consult with your doctor. Most airlines will be happy to take you on board up to 27 or 28 weeks of pregnancy, no questions asked. The same applies to travel agencies when you book your ticket. But if the term of your pregnancy can be questioned, you will learn about it at the reception at the airport.
Starting around 28 weeks of pregnancy, you may need a signed letter from your doctor confirming the expected date of birth. It should also specify that you do not have the risk of the onset of labor during the flight, and that your physical health allows you to fly without negative consequences.
You should check in advance with your airline’s policy regarding flights during pregnancy. Some airlines do not allow pregnant women to fly. In exceptional cases, the airline can allow the future mother on a flight with a term of 37 to 38 weeks, but only after a medical examination and/or accompanied by a doctor. After 38 weeks, until the end of pregnancy, no airline will allow you to board for your own safety.
Can airport security harm my child?
No, this is a myth. When you pass through the security scanner at the airport, you pass through a normal metal detector, which can not harm your baby. X-ray machines used in some airports are safe during pregnancy, besides they are used exclusively for the control of your luggage.
Also, there is no evidence that occasional flights during pregnancy can harm the developing fetus. Minor differences between the normal atmospheric pressure and the pressure in the cockpit does not affect the baby.
How to make my flight as comfortable as possible?
- Visit your doctor some days before the trip. He may advise you to take relaxants during the trip.
- It is necessary to arrive at the airport early. Passing security zones and check-in may be delayed, and the rush in the airport building is not the best start of your flight.
- Ask for an aisle seat so it will be easier to get up to stretch your legs or go to the toilet.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing and footwear. Adjust the seat belt, it should not press and be uncomfortable.
- As soon as you come onboard, it is worth visiting dressing room. This is just in case, during takeoff and landing you may not be able to leave your seat.
- It is best not to eat any raw foods, such as salads, cut fruits, meat and raw eggs, which you can find in mayonnaise, soufflés and mousses.
- Drink plenty of bottled water and fruit juices. Do not drink beverages that promote dehydration, such as tea, coffee and alcohol.
Try to relax and enjoy the ride!