Should you travel via flying while pregnant?

By emily.blumkin
August 2, 2018

If you’re pregnant and considering traveling on an airplane, here’s some important information that can help inform your decision. Before making any concrete travel plans, please confirm with your pregnancy doctor.

When is it safe to fly while pregnant?

It’s typically safe to travel up until 36 weeks of gestation, as long as there are no identified medical concerns or complications in your health or pregnancy. However, if you experience morning sickness in your first trimester, you may wish to hold off on traveling until your second trimester. The motion of traveling may amplify the nauseousness or traveling may simply make it more uncomfortable to deal with. Generally, the second trimester, or middle of your pregnancy, is the best time to travel. During this trimester, morning sickness is not as common, you will likely have full energy and your pregnant belly should still be a size that is easy to maneuver.

What conditions are unsafe to fly with when pregnant?

If you are at risk for preterm labor, have been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, preeclampsia, have experienced premature membrane rupture, pelvic or abdomen contractions, or vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, it is not recommended for you to travel and you should consult your OB/GYN before flying.

What destinations are unsafe to travel to?

It is also not recommended to fly to certain geographic locations where Zika virus is prevalent.

Sources:

Pregnancy and Travel

https://m.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Travel-During-Pregnancy?IsMobileSet=true

 

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