Is travelling by air safe during pregnancy?
Generally, women who have healthy pregnancies, commercial air travel is considered safe. Still, it's best to check with your health care provider before you fly. For women who have certain conditions, such as sickle cell disease, clotting disorders and placental insufficiency, air travel during pregnancy might increase the risk of complications. Also, travel of any type after 36 weeks of pregnancy or if you're at risk of preterm delivery, should be restricted. The best time to fly might be in the middle of your pregnancy - about weeks 14 to 28. This is when you're likely to feel your best, and the risks of miscarriage and premature labor are the lowest.
What are the things that I should keep in mind before flying?
- Check the policy and guidelines for pregnant women of the airline that you are travelling from.
- Choose the aisle seat for space and comfort.
- Fasten the seat belt under your abdomen and across the tops of your thighs during the trip.
- If possible, take occasional walks up and down the aisle to promote circulation. If you must remain seated, flex and extend your ankles often.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Low humidity in the cabin can lead to dehydration.