Beware of turbulence

Emergency row seats are also known for providing extra leg space. However, being seated by the door is not an option for pregnant women.

This is because people seated in this area need to be able to lift the heavy plane door, which can weigh up to 70lbs, as well as help the flight crew during an emergency without causing harm to themselves.

For this reason, the Federal Aviation Administration has specified that pregnant women should not be seated in this area.

The ACOG recommends that pregnant women keep their seatbelt on during the entire flight since you never know when turbulence will strike and there is a risk of trauma when it does happen.

Third Trimester: Don’t Be Shy

Flying in the third trimester is still safe so long as your due date is not too close. However, the possibility of going into premature labor is something to consider before you take off.

Before you leave, double check that your health insurance is up-to-date and that your baby will be covered if she decides to make an early appearance.

You should also ask your doctor or midwife for a medical contact in your destination and carry a copy of your medical records with you.

If you do find yourself experiencing regular, painful contractions while en route, then speak up! Notify the cabin crew immediately that you’re having contractions and could be going into labor.

You will certainly not be the first women to have ever delivered a baby high above the ground.

While the crew is likely trained for just such an emergency, or at least to help with childbirth, your flight will probably make an emergency landing at the closest airport to make sure you get the medical attention you need.

Safety First

One of the biggest concerns for many pregnant women is whether or not it is safe to walk through the airport metal detectors.

The answer is ABSOLUTELY! These machines are not x-ray machines and will cause absolutely no harm to you or your baby.

Safety issues associated with cabin pressure concern some women. All commercial flights these days have pressured cabins that are set to the equivalent of 5,000 to 8,000 feet, or about the altitude of Denver.

Obviously, if you come from a low altitude area, the change in air will affect you somewhat. Your heart rate and blood pressure will increase to help your body with its oxygen intake.

For most pregnant women, this is not a problem. However, if you have any sort of cardiovascular problems, it is strongly recommended that you avoid flying.

All pregnant women, though, should steer clear of flying in an unpressurized cabin.

Now, pack your bags and enjoy one more vacation before baby comes along!


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Table of Contents
1. Flying While Pregnant
2. Pregnant Flying Tips
3. 3rd trimester flying tips
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