Pregnancy should not be seen as a condition which limits your lifestyle or a reason to postpone your travel plans. As long as you are not suffering from any medical complications during this special time, you can travel as you normally would.
Planning to fly while pregnant
Pregnant passengers can fly between the start of the 28th week of pregnancy and the end of the 35th week, as long as they can present a medical report indicating that there are no issues with flying. However, pregnant passengers in the 36th week of their pregnancy or later will not be allowed to fly, even if they present a medical report.
Medical report specifically for flying
There are a few steps to follow before you plan to travel while pregnant:
If there are risks concerning diabetes, hypertension, premature birth or miscarriage, your doctor may not permit you to fly.
Flying is safe
Flying is not dangerous for expectant mothers enjoying normal pregnancies; in fact it is one of the safest methods of transport.
Changes experienced during a flight
When leaving sea level, there is a reduction in atmospheric pressure and levels of oxygen. These changes pose no risk to pregnant passengers.
In-flight cabin pressure
Pressurized aircraft cabins pose no risk to healthy expectant mothers.
Inactivity can increase the risk of edema in the legs, clots behind the knees and deep vein thrombosis. Do not remain inactive on long flights, and be sure to get up at least once every two hours.
Exercises you can do while flying
Doing exercises in the flight cabin can help improve circulation. You can do the following exercises while seated:
Pregnant passenger should choose aisle seats for a more comfortable journey.
Pregnant passengers should dress comfortably for their flight.
Detectors at the airport
Magnetic detectors do not emit light, they rely on magnets to work. This poses no danger to pregnant passengers.
Situations in which pregnant passengers should not fly
Flying should be avoided if you have experienced bleeding during your pregnancy, are at risk of premature birth, have high blood pressure or are anemic.
Tips for pregnant passengers
Contractions and labor pains while flying
If you experience contractions or labor pains while flying, alert the cabin crew immediately.
We would like to assure you that our cabin crew have received extensive training in assisting pregnant passengers.