Until what month of pregnancy can you fly?

You can be pregnant and have travel desires, even when it comes to flying. However, it is necessary to be more vigilant but also to ensure that the airline does not impose restrictions on expectant mothers.

is that theredangerous to fly pregnant?

Flying during pregnancy does not pose any particular risk to a pregnant woman. But above all it must take into account its state of form. In the first trimester, between the nausea, fatigue and stress associated with early pregnancy, a plane flight can be stressful. In the second trimester, expectant mothers are usually in top form. But again, they need to listen to their body’s signals and not take chances, especially when they’re in labour.

When is flying during pregnancy not recommended?

If there are contraindications to air travel during pregnancy, they actually concern all the shifts and tedious efforts. In some cases, the doctor or midwife can therefore firmly object to air travel, for the benefit of the mother-to-be and her baby. In general, travel poses a risk when the pregnant woman is at risk of premature labor (MAP) or, for example, when there is a risk of significant bleeding, particularly if the placenta is deeply inserted.“, explains the midwife. It can also simply be due to an illness that requires rest. Therefore, before considering any air travel, even if it is short-lived, it is important to discuss it with your doctor or midwife, who will ensure that the flight poses no risk to the pregnant woman and her child.

Can I travel 6 months pregnant?

On paper, nothing speaks against a flight in the sixth month of pregnancy. If the pregnant woman is fine and there are no contraindications, she can fly without any problems in the sixth month of pregnancy.” remembers Anh-Chi Ton. The latter, in turn, calls for more vigilance from 37 SA. “As a precaution, you should not stray too far from the maternity ward after this date, as the pregnant woman can go into labor at any time.‘ adds the specialist.

Plane and pregnancy, what are the risks?

The midwife first wants to reassure expectant mothers Flying will not induce labor ! However, in order for the flight to go well, it is important to take certain precautions. The risk of thromboembolism is increased during pregnancy and after childbirth. It therefore makes sense to have compression stockings prescribed for air travel. It is also important for pregnant women to get up and walk regularly to activate blood circulation. Another trick to train the blood vessels and muscles: roll a tennis ball under your foot‘ recommends Anh-Chi Ton. The latter also reminds us that it is important Stay hydrated during the flight and take Spasfon and Dolipran for small contractions caused by fatigue.

Until what month should you fly according to airlines?

Not all airlines have the same position on this issue. Air France, for example, does not impose any restrictions on pregnant women wishing to travel, regardless of the length of their pregnancy. Other companies, on the other hand, are more selective.

  • American Airlines : Pregnant women may travel on American Airlines aircraft as long as they are not more than 1 week pregnant and present a medical certificate completed and signed by their attending physician or, preferably, their gynecologist.
  • easyjet : In the case of a single pregnancy, a pregnant woman may fly up to the end of the 35th week of pregnancy, in the case of a multiple pregnancy up to the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy.
  • Vueling : Pregnant women can travel up to 27 weeks (inclusive) without a medical certificate. Between the 28th and 35th week of pregnancy (inclusive), an original medical authorization is required. This power of attorney must also state the period of validity (start and expiry date), the number of the registration in the medical code and the signature of the doctor. From the 36th week of pregnancy, pregnant women are no longer allowed to travel on Vueling flights.
  • Emirates : From the 29th week of pregnancy, a medical certificate or a letter signed by the doctor or midwife is required. After 32 weeks of multiple pregnancy or 36 weeks of singleton pregnancy, pregnant women cannot travel on Emirates.
  • RyanAir : From the 28th week of pregnancy pregnant women must travel with a “Fit to Fly” certificate issued by their midwife or doctor. After the 32nd week of a multiple pregnancy or the 36th week of a singleton pregnancy, pregnant women cannot travel with RyanAir.

Ability to travel pregnant: what documents do I need to submit?

Some airlines ask pregnant women fprovide a medical certificate certifying that they can travel without risk. “As a midwife, I can issue this certificate after conducting an examination of the expectant mother and, in particular, ensuring that the cervix is ​​neither shortened nor dilated.“, explains Anh-Chi Ton. Before considering air travel during pregnancy, it is important to contact the airline to find out about their policies in this regard. In general, the document must contain this information:

  • confirmation of a single or multiple pregnancy,
  • the absence of complications during pregnancy,
  • the date your pregnancy ended and sometimes the latest date your doctor thinks you can travel.

Thanks to Anh-Chi Ton, midwife

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