What considerations should be taken into account by pregnant women during the flight?

What considerations should be taken into account by pregnant women during the flight?

The journey is always accompanied by a pleasant mood, new adventures, fun, and cheerfulness.

Modern life is impossible to imagine without travel. There are certain recommendations that need to be taken into account for a future mother to ensure a safe journey for her and the fetus.

The head of the outpatient obstetrician-gynecology department of the clinic of the National Center of Surgery "New Life", an obstetrician-gynecologist Tatia Tskhomelidze talks about this topic.

If the pregnancy is physiologic and proceeds without complications, the flight is safe.

Of course, it is always better to consult a personal doctor before taking a flight and have a health certificate with you.

You should always consult with your doctor before traveling or flying. The most dangerous and undesirable complication that flight can cause is the risk of thromboembolism, so we must prevent this.

In the low-risk group, the prevention of thromboembolism includes 2 basic and simple steps - prevention of dehydration and activation.

Take into account the recommendations of the obstetrician-gynecologist:

  • During the flight consume 1-1.5 liters of fluid, it is better to consume drinking water;
  • Get up and take a walk at least every 1 or 2 hours through the salon;
  • If the flight is long, it is recommended to use compression stockings;
  • Wear sportswear and comfortable shoes;
  • Remove your shoes during the flight;
  • Avoid heavy and excessively greasy foods during the flight.

Remember, during pregnancy, the fetus is well protected in the uterus, the mother is a good "incubator" for him/her.

Uterus, pelvic bones, and abdominal cavity protect the child well, but it is better to avoid long, tiring and uncomfortable travel.

It is desirable to fly less than 4 hours.

In most cases, pregnant women avoid flights mainly in the first trimester, because at this time they feel very uncomfortable (fatigue, vomiting, frequent urination).In addition, it is better to agree with a particular airline about the dates of pregnancy, because each company has its own policy about the pregnant women.

In the case of the uncomplicated, single-fetal pregnancy, the long-distance flight is allowed up to 36 weeks of pregnancy, with the health certificate issued by the doctor.

Most airlines require a health certificate of a pregnant woman above 28 weeks.

The best period for traveling by plane is the second trimester of pregnancy.

We can not state the absolute recommendations and terms, but it is desirable to restrain from flying in the last weeks of pregnancy (34-35 weeks or more).

The clinic “New Life” address: Tbilisi, Digomi Lubliana street №21a

You can contact the Call-center of the clinic “New Life” at 577 05 99 00;

If you have some questions, you can contact the obstetrician-gynecologist of the clinic “New Life” Tatia Tskhomelidze at 577 11 91 00;

Wish you health!