As pregnancies progress, more and more care is required by women to ensure that the pregnancy process runs smoothly. This affects the mobility of the pregnant woman, specifically in the use of airplanes to travel. If a woman is pregnant, until what week of gestation is it safe for her to travel by plane?
This question is quite common among future mothers, so the arguments that we will give below can make them feel more calm.
How safe is it to travel?
Statistically, airplanes represent one of the safest means of transport. According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2017 was the safest year for civil aviation as “only” 10 passenger planes suffered accidents, and 36.8 million flights were made in that year.
On the other hand, the Global Fatal Accident Review reported that, for the period 2002-2011, a person had to make 3.1 million flights to be able to die in an air-type accident.
The situation of the pregnant woman
Broadly speaking, air travel is a fairly safe activity. This also applies to pregnant women as long as they meet three basic conditions, which are:
- Not having a risky pregnancy
- Not having any medical prohibition by the gynecologist
- Be between the recommended weeks of pregnancy to fly
Regarding this last point, traveling by plane is not usually a problem for women between the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, that is, more or less until the thirty-sixth week of gestation.
Despite the above, it is always recommended to consult with the specialist before taking a flight, especially if the woman has suffered some mishaps such as blood loss (however minimal), ongoing dizziness, high blood pressure, premature delivery in a previous pregnancy, or if you have diabetes.
Airline restrictions on pregnant women
There are airlines that set a limit on pregnant women to avoid the scenario of a premature delivery in flight. This limit changes depending on the company, so it is higher in some than others.
On the other hand, there are airlines that can request a medical authorization to board the plane. Said authorization can affirm that the pregnancy is not risky, indicate the probabilities of premature delivery, estimated date of delivery, number of days of gestation, and so on.
In the absence of these certificates, the airlines in question reserve the right to prevent a pregnant woman from taking any of their flights.
Having continuous communication with the specialist will allow solving these types of doubts about the pregnancy before they arise, which will allow a calmer and more fluid gestation process.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.