Travel by plane is safe for most pregnant women up to 36 weeks of gestation, especially if this trip is short-lived; There are also some situations in which the flight by plane is contraindicated, especially in the case of pregnant women with medical or obstetric complications: severe disorientation, pregnancy-induced hypertension, diabetes in which the blood glucose level is difficult to control, twin pregnancy gplacenta praevia etc.
There is also a category of pregnant women who are not prohibited but are not recommended to travel by plane. In this category are pregnant women with placental disorders or at risk of preterm birth.
In order to increase the comfort and reduce the risks involved in such a way of traveling, it is advisable to use comfortable, large clothes; compressive elastic stockings, to promote blood flow to the heart, lungs; avoidance of the foot - over - the foot position; proper hydration; slight physical exercises that ensure minimal mobilization, at least of the hands and feet, the movement of the head.
Ultimately, the current doctor's consent regarding the flight, the permission or the contraindication of this type of trip must be requested, being at the discretion of the one who monitors the development of the pregnancy and who will know the current state as well as the evolution in time of the pregnancy.
Even if you receive the permission of the doctor to fly, being pregnant, this type of trip should be made as rarely and for short periods as it may cause discomfort with the onset of uterine contractions and the risk of premature birth; because the pressure variations that may occur, even if they are minor, can cause premature and spontaneous rupture of the amniotic membrane.
Also, the turbulence is always possible, in which situation it is recommended the continuous wearing of the seat belt, which can also contribute to the appearance of uterine contractions.
Dr. Ciprian Pop-Began
- Obstetrics and Gynecology - Clinical Hospital of Obstetrics-Gynecology Prof. Dr. Panait Sarbu