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Fly During Pregnancy

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Travel during pregnancy is exciting yet can expose you to a number of circumstances which may be unpleasant to you. However, you must realize that flying during pregnancy is safe. However, there are some restrictions as to who should travel the skies or not. Generally, women who are having a healthy, normal pregnancy are free to come and go as they please. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends women don't fly after their 36th week of pregnancy.

Some airlines have their own flight restrictions for pregnant women, which can vary according to whether you are flying domestically or internationally and which airline you will be flying. Some airlines won't allow you to travel for 30 days before your due date, while others won't let you on board if your due date is less than seven days away.

Women who are having any sort of complications associated with their pregnancy or who are considered to be 'high risk' should not travel. This includes women with poorly controlled diabetes, sickle cell disease, placental abnormalities, hypertension or those at risk for premature labor.

Whether you are in your first trimester or third trimester, it is always a good idea to discuss your travel plans with your health care provider before you leave. It may also be a good idea to obtain a doctor's note saying that it is okay for you to travel, especially if you are in your third trimester.

How to fly comfortable

If you already have been granted permission to travel by your health care provider, you should follow these tips so that you can be comfortable during your travel.

First, you should watch what you wear. You should wear comfortable, loose clothing. You should also consider wearing compression stockings; these will help keep the blood moving from your ankles to your heart and lungs

Avoid crossing your legs. They can prevent blood from circulating well.

You should also drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.

You also have to keep moving around to keep your blood flowing. Go for a walk in the aisle every hour. Every half hour, flex your feet, rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes. These are simple little stretches you can do right in your seat.

When you check-in, don't hesitate to ask for a seat with a bit more room. Aisle seats usually have the most space while the area in the middle of the plane usually provides the smoothest ride. Emergency row seats are also known for providing extra leg space.

However, being seated by the door is not an option for pregnant women. Pregnant women should keep their seatbelt on during the entire flight since you never know when turbulence will strike and there is a risk of trauma when it does happen.