Pregnancy And Air Travel

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Annie - May 20

Is it safe to travel by air if I am 30 and a half weeks pregnant?

 

Angela - May 20

I have read that it is not safe to travel once in your third trimester, you should ask your doctor.

 

jayme - October 26

yes

 

D - October 26

I traveled a lot for work and the last trip I did was at the start of my third trimester. While a short "hop" might not be bad, you can feel the cabin pressure effect your abdomen. It was actually uncomforable. This is aside from the fact that airlines have their own cut off dates for pregnant women. So you may want to check with the potential airline you want to fly on.

 

Lia - October 26

You should check with your doctor about when then want you to stop travel. I thought it was 36 weeks, however my doctor told me not after 34. He is some good info I found on the web...

 

Lia - October 26

Although it can be perfectly safe to fly during much of your third trimester (up to 36 weeks), be sure to discuss your trip plans with your midwife or doctor before you book your flight. If you have medical or obstetric complications such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are carrying twins, have placental abnormalities or a history of blood clotting disorder, or are at risk for preterm labor, your healthcare provider will probably advise you to stay close to home throughout your pregnancy. Even if you're enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy, it's best to avoid flying during your final month, when you're more likely to go into labor. Many airlines, in fact, won't let women on board who are due to deliver within seven or sometimes 30 days of the flight (they don't want you to deliver while in the air!). Be sure to carry a note from your midwife or doctor stating your expected due date to avoid disputes at the boarding gate. Each airline, however, has different rules about when and if it will allow you to fly. And don't forget to take into account how far along you'll be on the return flight. Before you leave, have your healthcare provider refer you to a midwife or obstetrician at your destination in case you need medical attention during your vacation. Carry a complete list of names and phone numbers to contact in case of emergency, as well as a copy of your medical history, which should include your due date, risk factors, and blood type, any medications you're currently taking, and any that you're allergic to, as well. If you're healthy and have no obstetric problems, you and your baby should have no trouble in the pressurized cabin of a commercial airliner. The best thing to do is to make yourself as comfortable as you can during the flight. Request a seat in the middle of the plane over the wing for the smoothest ride, or a bulkhead seat for more legroom. In either case, reserve a seat on the aisle so you can get to the bathroom easily and get up to walk and stretch. Pregnant women who are immobile for long periods of time are at increased risk for developing blood clots, so be sure to walk around the cabin at least once an hour. You should also stretch and flex your feet and legs in your seat every 30 minutes. Wearing maternity support panty hose (not knee highs) helps keep the blood moving in your legs and decreases your risk for clots. Support hose help with swelling, too. When seated, keep your seatbelt fastened under your belly and low on your hips at all times. Also, drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to stave off the dehydrating effects of dry cabin air. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, so it's best to avoid coffee, tea, and many soft drinks before and during the flight. And beware of gas-producing meals or drinks before takeoff. The trapped gas from foods such as cabbage and beans expands at higher alt_tude, making for an uncomfortable trip. Taken from : http://www.babycenter.com/expert/pregnancy/pregnancytravel/2599.html

 

Lia - October 26

This link gives airline rules and contact #'s http://www.babycenter.com/general/pregnancytravel/pregnancy/6976.html

 

Lia - October 26

Don't forget to take hyphens out of the url.

 

Steph - October 27

The last time I traveled on a plane was when I was 27 weeks pregnant. So just a couple weeks before you - if you are planning on it, I would definetly ask your doctor and just let him know before you go in case something happens. There is a chance that it can put you in to preterm labor, but also you could be completly fine. Good Luck.

 

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