Is Air Travel Safe During Pregnancy?
Is it safe to travel the high skies during pregnancy? According to a revised Committee Opinion released by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), "As long as pregnant women don't have any other obstetric or other medical complications, they can follow the same precautions for air travel as the general population and fly safely." Though, consider requesting a letter from your health care provider providing documentation that you are cleared to fly in case you are asked as you take to the high skies!
If you're an expecting mom and plan to fly, here are some tips for feeling your best.
- Use your safety and lap belts throughout the whole flight
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
- Choose end seats when possible so you can get up and walk
- Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your flight to prevent dehydration
- Pack crackers or a small snack to eat along the way
- Check with your airline for specific recommendations (most allow women to travel up to 36 weeks of pregnancy, though this varies by airline)