So mama-to-be, if you’re thinking about going on a babymoon while baby’s a-cookin, here’s what you need to know:
On the whole, yes, flying when pregnant is generally considered safe for most women. But it’s worth remembering that in the first trimester women are often nauseous, exhausted, and at a higher risk of miscarriages. So, having home comforts during this time is often what’s needed, rather than stressing about navigating an airport and cramming yourself on a flight.
That being said, if you’re pregnant, the safest time for you to travel, is during the second trimester, provided you aren’t experiencing any complications. Examples include a history of miscarriages, vaginal bleeding, high blood pressure, severe anemia, or diabetes that’s not well controlled. Also, if you’ve had preeclampsia during a previous pregnancy, flying may not be advised.
However, although flying with a baby bump if you’re enjoying a healthy pregnancy is generally safe, always consult with your doctor to find out if you’re “fit to fly”.
After 28 weeks of pregnancy most airlines will require you to have a letter from your doctor to confirm your due date and that you don’t have any complications. Generally, if you have a singleton pregnancy, flying isn’t recommended after 37 weeks, and if you’re carrying twins, you’re usually discouraged to fly after 32 weeks. However check your airlines’ policy before purchasing your ticket; some airlines will refuse to let you fly when you’re heading towards the end of your pregnancy. And make sure that you are fully covered for any emergency, not just for the flight, but for your entire trip. It’s a good idea to carry a copy of your medical records and checking out healthcare facilities at your destination ahead of time, in case you might need it.
If you have the all-clear from you doctor, avoid travelling to developing countries. Think about your destination. Are immunizations needed which could be harmful to the baby?
Also, mama-to-be, prepare for maximum comfort on the flight ahead of time. Be sure to book an aisle seat which is essential for stretching and frequent travels to the loo. And remember, if you are pregnant, you already run a greater risk of developing thrombosis. Flying will increase this risk. So wear Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) socks during the flight. These could be purchased at any pharmacy. Loose clothing and layering are advised; as your hormones fluctuate, you could feel hot and cold. Comfy underwear, maternity knickers, and sensible shoes are essential.
Stay hydrated, but avoid caffeine and alcohol. And eat small morsels often to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Whether by plane, train, automobile, or even boat, travelling while pregnant involves its own set of challenges and guidelines. But a little advance planning along with some common sense can make all the difference in the world.
Enjoy the trip!
Source: cosmopolitan.com, betterhealth.vic.gov.au, mayoclinic.org, parents.com, webmd.com, womenshealthsa.co.za, medical-air-service.com, womenshealthmag.com
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