Pregnancy and Air Travel

Pregnancy and Air Travel

Nowadays, the question if a woman can fly during pregnancy is very actual and before planning your air trip, you should consult your doctor and the airline. From the moment you have received the doctor’s “blessing” and the airline’s approval, you can start your air travel. Here are a number of easy steps you can take to make your air trip as comfortable and healthy as possible:

1. If you have a normal pregnancy, you can fly in any period. The most favorable is the second trimester (the middle of your pregnancy, between four and six months).
2. Make a list of all things you want to take with you, to be sure you will not forget anything.
3. During your flight try to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. This will help you to reduce the feeling of nausea. Don’t be shy to ask the flight attendant for water.
4. Take with you healthy snacks, like dried fruits and nuts, wholemeal biscuits, cereal bars, yogurt. Eat anytime you feel hungry.
5. The perfect seat is the aisle seat: you can make short walks every 30 minutes, stretch your legs and use the toilet as often you need, so you will not bother your neighbors. You can opt for an extra leg seat, but this can have additional costs.
6. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and avoid tight ones, especially trousers, socks, and shoes. You can use support stockings from the pharmacy, that will reduce leg swelling.
7. Buy medical insurance that covers your pregnancy and your baby.
8. Wear your seatbelt at all times and adjust it below your belly.
9. Don’t worry about walking through the airport screening machine. The scanners bounce low-energy radio to be harmful to you and your baby. If you still afraid of, ask a pat-down instead of screening machine.
10. Don’t be shy to ask a wheelchair for long distances in the airport.
Continue to live your normal active life, listen to your body and to doctor’s recommendations. Do something different ;)!
Some extra tips:
– discuss  any travel with your doctor and see what he or she thinks
– ask your doctor to prescribe anti-nausea medication
– take a copy of all your medical records (including ultrasounds copies, prescription of medications) with you, in case you will need medical care in the place you visit
– keep your prenatal vitamins and any other medications you may need in your purse or hand luggage
– check if you  and  your travel companions have your doctor’s telephone number
– just in case, check a phone and address of a local doctor and maternal hospital
– bring with you a dictionary of the language spoken, the local doctors may not speak English

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