Pregnant Can Travel by Plane without Restrictions?

At first there is no problem with flying in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy (up to 27 weeks), as long as you don’t have medical complications such as vaginal bleeding, diabetes, high blood pressure or has had a premature birth in the past–in these cases, we recommend that you wait for a green light from your obstetrician. Talk to him also for abroad, because he can give some more specific guidance.

Between 28 and 36 weeks, it’s usually possible to travel by plane, but some airlines have restrictions, due to the risk of a premature birth. Not that anyone go ask if you are pregnant at the time of selling the ticket, but you can be questioned right at the gate and have to go through a choke.

So check before the company policy in which you want to fly and, if necessary, request a certificate for your doctor. Know, however, that in some cases, at the very end of pregnancy, from 36 weeks, the only flight is even allowed in the presence of the doctor himself along with his passenger on the plane.

Don’t forget to take into account how many weeks it will be time to go home. In addition, pregnant women should not fly on airplanes too small, which do not have pressurized cabins.

The restrictions of the companies should not be the only factors to think about. Keep in mind that, under normal conditions, it won’t take long for anyone to feel extremely uncomfortable in the seat of a plane. Now imagine what it’s going to be with you in the belly and having to get up every hour to pee.

Be realistic about the possibility of a medical emergency away from home. Is it worth risking having early contractions in the middle of a Safari in the African savannah or in the heart of the Amazon jungle? Whenever possible, try to avoid trips to places where the emergency services are not close.

Air travel during pregnancy increase the risk of thrombosis and to develop varicose veins. Talk to your doctor about the use of elastic stockings from with some level of compression to help circulation and relieve the swelling of the veins and legs during the flight. In cases of very long days, can be given some medicine for circulation in certain circumstances.

What you can do on your own is to take plenty of water throughout the flight, getting up to walk the cabin every 1 hour and a half and swap the position of the legs.

You may even have heard that exposure to natural radiation during air travel could raise the risk of miscarriage or a baby be born with abnormalities. The reality, according to doctors, is that people who travel on business often have a small risk to more than have one of two problems, but this risk is negligible for women who fly a few times a year.

In the case of airline crew members, according to their own standards of the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), flight attendants cannot work in flights throughout pregnancy and should be transferred to administrative duties ashore, until the end of pregnancy.