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FLYING FOR PREGNANCY WOMAN

FLYING FOR PREGNANCY WOMAN
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The travel airlines usually have some regulation for refuse certain kind of pregnancy woman to fty with thier airplane. Generally in 34-36 weeks pregnancy. Earlier in the pregnancy (maybe 28 weeks onwards) airlines may ask you to supply a doctor's letter. These conditions vary considerably, so please check with your travel agent or the airline. Some airlines will not allow the pregnant woman to get airline travel for 30 days before your due date, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends women do not fly after in 36th week of pregnancy.

Once in the air, the biggest risk to the pregnant traveller is thrombosis - the formation of a blood clot in a leg vein. Thrombosis is a rare, but very serious complication of any pregnancy. The risk of thrombosis is increased by immobility and dehydration. In order to reduce the risk of thrombosis you should:

  • Try to book a bulkhead or aisle seat to give you some extra leg room
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids before and during the flight
  • Get up and walk about for a few minutes every hour or so

More information about Air Travel for Pregnancy

For some reason, traveling by airplane should take by every person, also for pregnant woman. Either for business or personal matter, this is something for pregnant woman know that air travel not always save for some age of pregnancy. That's why we should consult with the doctor to make sure for safety or the pregnancy to fly.

For one, air travel with the dry air in the plane, eating on the run and irregular schedules predisposes to dehydration. Added to this prolonged sitting, especially in a cramped position, tends to cause blood clots in the legs and pelvis. Pregnant women are particularly prone to blood clots anyway so this is a particular hazard to them. To prevent dangerous blood clots we recommend drinking plenty of fluids but not caffeine or alcohol as these aggravate dehydration.

The pregnant woman also advise for sitting in an aisle seat so that there is room to stretch and more freedom to move around. Or if possible upgrade to business class for the same reason. The extra leg room can also help one prevent the swollen feet which so often complicate pregnancy. One should not sit more than 90-minutes without getting up and walking around. (Hopefully a brisk fluid intake will make bathroom trips necessary more often than this.) On smoking flights, seating should be in the non-smoking section to avoid nausea as well as the exposure to cigarette smoke.

The extra fluid intake may also help to prevent constipation--another aggravating difficulty in pregnancy. The stomach and intestines are apt to not empty well during pregnancy, allowing gas to build up in the intestinal tract. This gas can cause uncomfortable swelling as altitude increases so it is best to wear loose-fitting clothes.

Pregnancy, with its increased demands on the heart, can make high altitudes different. As commercial airliners are pressurized, airline flights are not a problem from this standpoint unless one has pre-existing heart or lung disease. But traveling to high altitude destinations could be an added stress and should not be undertaken without an obstetrician's advice. The increased cardiac demands will also cause fatigue so it is a good idea to allow extra time for rest.

One probably unfounded worry about air travel is radiation exposure. With the thinner air, more of the sun's radiation can reach us. It is unlikely, though, that anything short of daily trans-Atlantic flights in the first trimester would allow enough radiation exposure to be harmful.

Many of the complications of pregnancy should cause one to think twice before undertaking long trips, however. Bleeding during any trimester, whether from a threatened abortion, placenta previa or whatever the cause should make one hesitant to be in a situation where prompt medical attention is not available and there is not a safe blood supply. Similarly premature labor or conditions which predispose to it (such as twins, polyhydramnios or a history of premature labor) would be considered a good reason to stay home near one's medical provider. Diabetes during pregnancy, when tight blood sugar control is so important, may be a good reason not to be changing time zones and thus needing to recalculate insulin dosages. And so it goes. A routine pregnancy is rarely a reason not to travel. But a complicated one usually is.

Finally, it is wise to check airline rules and regulations when traveling while pregnant. For the reasons mentioned above, many airlines will not allow pregnant travelers to fly beyond a certain gestational age or without a note from their physician. There is no standard rule which applies to all airlines. You will need to check with your particular carrier. And get it in writing for it is not unusual for the agent at the gate not to know the rules.

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