In early pregnancy months, as long as the pregnant is not involved in other health issues is generally considered safe for air travel. However, a pregnant should be warned about the increased risk of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in case they have to fly for long distances. Here are given some important tips to pregnant for air travel safety.
Travel with Companion
It is advisable to travel with a companion, who can assist you to make contact with concerned personnel for any emergency help and to look after you; it will help you to remain away from fears during the journey.
Carry Medical Documents
Keep with you all your medical documents regarding EDD (expected date of delivery), Blood group, scheduled pregnancy check up records and medical history along with contact information of your health advisor. List of contact numbers of personnel and hospitals to be contacted in an emergency must be kept with you all the times.
Take Care of your Intake
Always keep your body hydrated, especially during air travel as it is considered more dangerous for a pregnant. Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic and caffeine-free fluids all the times in order to stay hydrated. You should also pack with you fresh fruits like oranges, grapes, plums, apples or dried apricots.
Follow Air travel Safety Regulations
Being a pregnant you need more safety during air travel so always follow the safety regulations during the journey. Continuously wear a seat belt in order to protect from any injury. Support hose and shoes should be worn if you feel swelling on your feet.
Relax during Journey
Wear loose and comfortable clothes, also take an eye mask and ear plugs. During journey take rest as much as possible but keep your body relaxed by getting up and walking around after every two hours or so in order to avoid body stiffness and tired feeling.
Travel in safe Pregnancy Trimester
According to health advisors, the second trimester of pregnancy (weeks 18-24) is considered the safest period for air travel. As in first trimester mostly ladies have to suffer from morning sickness and air travel may increase the risk of miscarriage. Some ladies feel absolute normal during the first trimester but even though your health advisor’s opinion is paramount so always consult your health advisor before traveling during pregnancy.
Medical Certificate for Air Travel
When you enter in the third trimester after 28 weeks, due to increased risk of going into labor, a fitness certificate from your doctor is required by most airlines stating that you are medically fit for air travel. More than 36 weeks of pregnancy are not allowed for air travel by many airlines due to increased risk of child birth during flight.
Maintain up-to-date Immunizations
Before traveling to such locations which require vaccination, always consult your health advisor and get proper immunization in order to avoid any disease.
Read Airlines Rules before Booking your Flight
Each airline has different flying rules, so always confirm that you are permitted to travel during pregnancy and what are the conditions applied if any, especially when you are booking your flight on line. Always call ahead to alert airline as you are pregnant and what they can provide additional facilities for a comfortable journey. Moreover, choose to travel in larger planes having pressurized cabins for a comfortable journey and to avoid smaller planes which fly below 7000 feet.
Book Comfortable Seat
Reserving the right and spacious seat can help you to get up and walk around on the plane easily. You may visit websites of the respective airline to get information about leg rooms available with various seats. Always try to book an extra large seat for a comfortable journey during pregnancy.
Consult your Doctor for Expert Advice
Before air travel always consult with your doctor and get medically checked up to determine your health state for air travel.