Information About Pregnancy and Flying

Information About Pregnancy and Flying

As most women will know 9 months is a long time so it is inevitable that many women will want to fly for business or leisure during their pregnancy. Most importantly you want to be safe when flying whilst pregnant, as well as feel comfortable during the hours spend on the plane. In order to achieve this you should familiarise yourself with the following pregnancy tips for flying so that you are prepared for your travels.

  1. Airport Metal Detectors Are Safe For Pregnant Women        Add Comments
    Walking through the metal detectors that they have at airport security checkpoints around the world is perfectly safe for pregnant women. This is because these security screening devices do not use any form of x-rays and therefore will not harm you or your unborn baby.
  2. Full Body Scanners Are Not Safe For Pregnant Women        Add Comments
    Recently a lot of airports, particularly in the US, have decided to add to their security screening process full body scanners, which produces an image of your nude body through your clothes in order to look for hidden objects. Apart from the privacy concerns of these backscatter x-ray scanners also deliver a low dose of radiation during the scanning process. Whilst the makers of these machines argue that the radiation dose is very small the International Atomic Energy Agency and World Health Organization have recommended that pregnant women and small children do not use these devices. You should instead insist on having a pat down search of your body by a female security officer.
  3. Pregnant Women & Airport Luggage Scanners        Add Comments
    The machines that scan your luggage at the airport use x-ray technology but it is important to know that passengers will NOT be exposed to any of the radiation by simply being near these machines. The only way that you can be exposed to radiation from a luggage scanner is to actually put yourself into the machine (which as a pregnant woman is not only a stupid thing to do but physically impossible).
  4. Best Trimester To Fly When Pregnant        Add Comments
    A great flying tip that pregnant women should consider before booking their tickets is whether or not their morning sickness will hamper their travels. For this reason most pregnant women prefer to fly during their second trimester when the amount of morning sickness is significantly reduced (unless of course you are one of those lucky women who doesn't suffer from morning sickness).
  5. Up Until What Stage Can You Fly Whilst Pregnant        Add Comments
    You can generally fly whilst pregnant up to 36 weeks with most airlines, although this figure will be less if you are having twins or triplets. Make sure that you check with the airline before booking your tickets because each airline will have a different policy and some of them may even require you to carry a medical certificate in order for you to fly when pregnant.
  6. Check With A Doctor Before Flying During Pregnancy        Add Comments
    Before flying during pregnancy there is a precaution that you should definitely take and that is going to see your doctor for a check up. You local GP or obstetrician will be able to make sure that there aren't any specific medical reasons for you not to fly. For example if you have high blood pressure then your local doctor may recommend that you don't fly and it is best to know this before you book your plane tickets.
  7. Ask If You Need Vaccinations Before You Fly        Add Comments
    If you are flying overseas whilst pregnant then you should definitely ask your local doctor if there are any recommended vaccinations that you need to take before you depart for your chosen destination. As a general rule most doctors will recommended that you do not travel whilst pregnant to regions that carry a high malaria risk because of the dangers associated with contracting the disease.
  8. Ask For Special Seating When Flying Pregnant        Add Comments
    The seats in economy class are cramped at the best of times, but then you're pregnant this is doubly so. So when flying make sure that you check-in to your flight early and request to be seated in a bulkhead or front row seats where there is much more leg and/or tummy room. Failing this you should make sure that you are allocated an aisle seat that is close to (but not right next to) the toilet. Unfortunately for safety reasons pregnant women cannot be seated in the spacious emergency row seats because the passengers in these seats may be required to help the cabin crew open the emergency exit door.
  9. Will Your Travel Insurance Cover Pregnancy During Flying        Add Comments
    If you are getting a travel insurance policy for your holiday or business trip then make sure that it covers your pregnancy whilst flying and the duration of the trip. This is because many policies will charge you an extra fee to provide insurance cover for pregnancy.
  10. Is The Plane Seat Belt Ok For Pregnant Women        Add Comments
    If you are going on a long flight whilst pregnant and are wondering if it is ok to wear the plane's seat belt for such a long time then you have nothing to worry about. It is not only perfectly harmless but wearing the plane seatbelt is highly recommended because unexpected turbulence can occur at any time during the flight.
  11. Perform Regular Exercises When Flying        Add Comments
    If you are pregnant and flying on a long trip then it is very highly recommended that you do regular leg, foot and arm exercises whilst sitting in your seat, as well as getting up occasionally and walking around the plane. Doing this will prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and it is even more relevant to pregnant women because they have a higher risk of developing blood clots during flying. Another way to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis if you are flying when pregnant is to increase blood circulation by wearing tight stockings or special socks that come up to your thighs.
  12. Reduce Health Risks If Flying When Pregnant        Add Comments
    Whenever you are flying whilst pregnant you should obey the common flight tips in order to remain comfortable and reduce the risks of getting flying related health problems. This includes wearing tight stockings or special long socks to keep your feet and legs warm, wearing loose fitting clothing over the rest of your body so that you are comfortable and drinking plenty of water or juice to make sure that you are well hydrated.
  13. Does Atmospheric Radiation Harm Unborn Babies        Add Comments
    There has been a lot of debate in recent years about whether or not exposure to earth's atmospheric radiation whilst flying could increase the risk of miscarriage. After much research it has clearly been shown that this risk is negligible to pregnant women unless you are flying thousands of hours, like a pilot or air hostess.

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