Pregnancy and Air Travel

Pregnancy and Air Travel.

Feb 2018


Travel plans coming up?  Trying to figure out what’s safe and what’s not while pregnant?  Here are some basic guidelines for safe travels:

  • Airplane travel doesn’t make labor more likely, but no one wants to have a baby on a plane!
  • Airlines do not follow a standard set of rules, so make sure you understand relevant rules for the airline company you’re flying with.
  • We are always happy to write a note for you stating your last appointment with us, your due date and up to what date we feel it’s safe for you to fly
  • We do not recommend flying after 36 weeks of pregnancy (28 days before your due date)

  • When going through security, best to avoid the full body TSA scanners. Metal detectors, wands and pat-downs are better options
  • Do NOT dehydrate yourself on the plane
  • Take a walk, the length of the plane every 2 hours
  • Flex and extend your ankles frequently while sitting
  • Take a 15 minute walk at every layover.

Of course, it’s best to run your plans by us in the office before you travel and it’s imperative that you check the CDC Zika map before purchasing tickets at all.  We do not advise any travel to Zika endemic areas.

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