Air Travel during pregnancy

All you need to know travelling being pregnant.

Flying while being pregnant

Airline regulations

From the 28th week of pregnancy:
You should have a certificate from the midwife or doctor to guarantee that you are ok to fly.

  • Confirmation that pregnancy is straightforward
  • The expected date of birth
  • The OB Gyn should explicitly mention that the pregnancy does not prevent the patient from travelling by air
  • In the case of uncomplicated twin or multiple pregnancies, flying is possible until the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy.

Here is the link to an example of a certificate to download which you should take with you: 

From the 34th/35th week of pregnancy (depending on the airline), it starts to get complicated.
Some airlines don't even take pregnant women with them from the 35th week on, but e.g. the Lufthansa (German airline) takes women with them until the end of the 36th week of pregnancy.

Does flying affect my baby?

Lot’s of women have worries to harm their baby when they fly.
Here are some points which you must not be afraid of:

  • The slightly reduced oxygen pressure in the aircraft is not a risk. However, if a limited function of the placenta is known, you should not fly as a pregnant woman for safety reasons.
  • The metal detectors at the airport security checkpoint are not dangerous, they work magnetically.
  • The radiation exposure when you fly is generally increased, but not so much to worry about. Therefore, individual long flights in the context of a singular event are not considered to be dangerous.

important to know:

  • The lack of exercise reduces the blood circulation and promotes thrombosis, for which pregnant women are particularly vulnerable. Therefore, you should drink a lot and get up more often. Medical support stockings can also help.

Travel Safe!

 

May 2020 - Dr. Christine Krämer 
This blog post has been prepared with the greatest possible care and does not claim to be correct, complete or up-to-date.“
Please make sure to visit your doctor prior to flying being pregnant or with your baby.

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