It is generally believed that commercial air travel is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies. Still, if you are pregnant, it’s best to check with your doctor before you fly.
Your doctor might caution against air travel if your pregnancy is considered high risk or you are at risk of preterm labour. Also, your doctor might restrict travel of any type after 36 weeks of pregnancy. If your doctor approves air travel and you have flexibility in your travel plans, the best time to fly might be in the middle of your pregnancy (14-28 weeks). This is when you are likely to feel your best, and the risks of miscarriage and premature labour are the lowest.
Here are 5 tips that will make your trip comfortable:
• Check the airlines policy about air travel during pregnancy: Guidelines for pregnant women might vary by carrier and destination.
• Choose your seat carefully: For most space and comfort, consider requesting an aisle seat.
• Buckle up: During the trip, fasten the lap belt under the abdomen.
• Promote circulation: If possible, take occasional walks up and down the aisle. If you must remain seated, flex and extend your ankles often.
• Drink plenty of fluids: Low humidity in the cabin can lead to dehydration.
Decreased air pressure during flight can slightly reduce the amount of oxygen in blood, but this doesn’t pose any threat if you are otherwise healthy.
Likewise, the radiation exposure associated with air travel at high altitudes isn’t thought to be problematic for most business or leisure travellers who travel during pregnancy.
If you must travel frequently during pregnancy, discuss it with your doctor. He or she might limit your total flight time to avoid complications.